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Frosh wins Attorney General Election

11.05.2014

As expected, state Sen. Brian Frosh – who has served in the Maryland Legislature for more than a quarter of a century – will become the state’s new attorney general in January.

With nearly 95 percent of precincts reporting statewide, the Chevy Chase Democrat won Tuesday’s election against Baltimore County Republican Jeffrey Pritzker by 55-41 percent, a margin of more than 200,000 votes. In his home county, Frosh was leading by a margin of better than 2-1 with about three-quarters of the precincts reporting.

Frosh, 68, will succeed another Montgomery County Democrat, Doug Gansler, who unsuccessfully ran against Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Frosh’s campaign against Pritzker – who raised little and spent little on his candidacy – was a low-key affair, at least in comparison to his battle to win the Democratic nomination for attorney general in the June primary. In that contest, he came from behind to overtake Baltimore Del. Jon Cardin by shedding his normally congenial persona to show a tough side. Cardin had an early advantage in statewide name recognition thanks to his uncle, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin.

Frosh has represented District 16, which includes much of Bethesda as well as portions of Chevy Chase and Potomac, since being elected as a delegate in 1986. He moved to the state Senate in 1994, and, since 2002, has chaired the powerful Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

In another statewide race featuring a Montgomery County resident, Takoma Park’s Peter Franchot won a third term as comptroller, taking more than 62 percent of the vote against Republican challenger William Campbell.

Franchot represented Takoma Park/Silver Spring-based District 20 as a delegate for two decades prior to his initial election as comptroller in 2006. He contemplated a 2014 run for governor, but ultimately opted to seek re-election instead.