The state’s Democrats, who were pivotal in Presi¬dent Obama’s reelection in November, converged on National Harbor’s Gaylord hotel on Jan. 20 to celebrate his second inauguration and the role they played in it at the Maryland Inaugural Ball.

To cheers from a crowded ballroom, Gov. Martin O’Malley praised the state’s Democratic leadership, volunteers and voters for supporting Obama and helping to legalize marriage equality.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, el¬egant in a dark ball gown with ruffles on the skirt, chatted up constituents. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) took to the dance floor with his wife, Maya Rockeymoore. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) kept a watchful eye on the Ravens-Patriots game on a television in the lobby. Montgomery County Execu¬tive Isiah Leggett posed for pictures with friends. 

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