Democratic Congressman Anthony Brown defeated Republican Michael Peroutka Tuesday night, making him the first Black person to serve as Maryland's attorney general, according to The Baltimore Banner. This was based on early voting, mail-in ballots, and half of precincts reporting with Brown earning 60% of the vote.
“This evening, I accept the privilege and responsibility to be your next attorney general,” Brown said in front of a crowd of supporters at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel, flanked by his wife and 95-year-old mother. "As attorney general, as the people’s lawyer, you have my commitment I’m going to focus every day on getting the job done and making Maryland better."
The race hasn't been called yet as nearly 1,000 precincts remain uncounted as of 11 p.m. local time.
Experts predicted a historic victory for Brown since it's a Democrat-dominated state. Even then, Brown's GOP opponent failed to impress voters by vowing to investigate claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Multiple sources found that there was no widespread election fraud in the race.
Brown represented Maryland's 4th congressional district since 2017. Before politics, he was a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1989 and served in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He retired as a colonel in 2014.
The five-year congressman aims to expand the civil rights division of the attorney general's office, protect abortion rights, reduce gun violence, prosecute more gang cases, and reform the state's juvenile justice system.