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Gov.-Elect Larry Hogan, a Republican, Stands Tall in Democratic Maryland

DUNDALK, Maryland — Um, Larry who?

Among the many surprise victories in last week’s Republican tsunami, perhaps the biggest unfolded here in Maryland when Larry Hogan, a largely unknown real estate executive, trounced a Democratic lieutenant governor in a state only slightly less blue than the Aegean Sea.

The perfect political alchemy of national mood, low voter turnout, the languid campaign of his opponent, Anthony G. Brown, and his own strong grass-roots base gave Mr. Hogan a decisive four-point victory, even as other Democrats in the state prevailed.

On Thursday, as part of what is planned as a monthlong bus tour through the state, Mr. Hogan popped into the Boulevard Diner in this inner-ring suburb of Baltimore. “I voted for Larry because he’s going to work on some of these taxes and tolls that are killing us,” said Carl Hobson, a Democrat who enthusiastically greeted the governor-elect.

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