O'Malley declares victory
The governor was surrounded by some of the state's top Democrats who cheered and chanted with him as he delivered a speech that was largely drawn from his stump remarks.
O'Malley said the country is going through a "tremendous struggle" right now, and, echoing his campaign slogan, said that voters chose to "move Maryland forward." At one point audience members chanted the slogan with him.
The governor was joined on the stage by his wife, Catherine Curran O'Malley, along with dozens of elected officials including Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and House Majority Leader Kumar Barve. Pride by U2 blared after he finished his remarks and then worked a rope line before leaving the party.
O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said the governor took congratulatory calls from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden before delivering his remarks.
The governor is scheduled to be in Annapolis bright and early in the morning to preside over the Board of Public Works.