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Wes Moore Projected to Make History as Maryland’s First Black Governor

Wes Moore will win Maryland’s gubernatorial race CBS News Projects, made him the first black governor of the state. Moore will also be the third black governor elected in American history.

President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden appear with Moore at the final leg of the campaign at Bowie State University on Monday.

Douglas Wilder was elected governor of Virginia in 1989, and Deval Patrick was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2006. Other black people have served as governors but have taken office after their governors have resigned – such as former New York governor David Patterson, who was lieutenant governor, and Eliot Spitzer who became governor when he resigned.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore speaks at a campaign rally at Bowie State University on November 7, 2022 in Bowie, Maryland.

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If Stacey Abrams wanted to win Georgia Gubernatorial RaceShe would become the nation’s first black female governor, but CBS News CBS News predicts the race is skewed toward Republicans.

Moore defeated Republican nominee Dan Cox, and ran with lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Aruna Miller, formerly a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. According to the Capital News Service, she was the first Indian American woman elected to the state legislature.

Moore and Cox once argued with each other, during which Moore criticized Cox for attending the “Stop the Steel” rally in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, According to CBS News Baltimore. Cox has spread baseless claims that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 election, and amplified the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Moore called Cox “an extremist election-blader” whose rhetoric and his policies are not only dangerous and divisive, but will lead our state backwards.

According to his campaign website, Moore, a combat veteran and author, had never run for public office before making his bid for governor. He was a Rhodes Scholar, and studied at the University of Oxford after graduating from Valley Forge Military College and Johns Hopkins University. Moore was a captain and paratrooper of the US Army stationed in Afghanistan.

Before running for governor, he was the CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, a non-profit that works to alleviate the problems caused by poverty in New York City.

He wrote a New York Times bestseller, “The Other Wes Moore,” about the “fragile nature of opportunity in America,” which is commonly assigned to reading in Maryland schools, according to his campaign site. Among his other books is “Five Days,” which tells the story of Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray who died in police custody in 2015.

Moore and his wife Don have two children.

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