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O’Malley supporters get ready to party

Democratic revelers are eagerly awaiting Gov. Martin O’Malley at the Visionary Art Museum after the Associated Press called the race for the incumbent.

“Thank your for sending Martin O’Malley back to Annapolis for four more years,” said Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, warming up the crowd.

A large crowd of Democratic officials had gathered on the stage, clapping along to the music pumping into the room along with clips of President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton praising the work O’Malley did during his first term.

The Democratic bigwigs on stage included Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who skated to a second term unopposed; Secretary of Business and Economic Development Christian Johansson, labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez, Secretary of State John McDonough, state Sen. Catherine Pugh, and Dels. Kumar P. Barve, Samuel “Sandy” Rosenberg and Brian McHale.

Early voting returns gave O’Malley a boost early in the night, propelling him to a 63-36 lead over Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. as the Election Day returns began to trickle in.

“It’s a good night,” Sanchez said before weaving through crowd to the stage on the third of the museum on Baltimore’s waterfront.