Van Hollen wins Maryland Senate Democratic primary

U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Donna Edwards M-Md. visits with voters at Leisure World in Silver Spring Md

Van Hollen speaks with reporters after his debate against Edwards on WAMU 88.5's "The Kojo Nnamdi Show" on March 18.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, long considered a rising star, won Maryland's Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), who is retiring at the end of the year.

Whoever wins the Democratic primary will be the overwhelming favorite in the fall to succeed Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving female senator.

Van Hollen thanked his supporters, praised Edwards for a well-fought campaign and pledged to work for the benefit of all Marylanders.

Voters in Maryland will not only be casting their vote for presidential nominees on Tuesday, but will also pull the lever in a hotly contested US Senate primary between two Democratic representatives - one a white man, and the other a black woman. (D-Montgomery), who is 33 and African American; former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state delegate Heather R. Mizeur, who is 43 and gay; former Montgomery County Council member Valerie Ervin, who is 43 and black; and former Obama White House aide Will Jawando, a 33-year-old black attorney who lost to Raskin in the primary. Edwards criticized Van Hollen as a Washington insider, too willing to compromise liberal principles for a political deal.

Republicans in the Senate primary are hoping Gov. Larry Hogan's popularity will help propel them to victory in November in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1. Del. If the more progressive Edwards prevails she would be only the second African American woman in the U.S. Senate in history, the last one, Carol Moseley Braun, left the Senate in 1999.

Van Hollen and Edwards shared similar voting records on taxes, the environment and a range of other issues.

The son of diplomats, Van Hollen has been described as "born to the job" of a US Senator.

Van Hollen significantly outpaced Edwards in individual fundraising-bringing in $8.1 million compared to Edwards' $3.3 million-but Edwards was buoyed by about $3.4 million in spending by EMILY's List, the political group dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women.

Van Hollen, 57, won his congressional seat in 2002, defeating incumbent Republican Rep. Connie Morella.

And yet of late, Sussman's most notable - and controversial - contributions are in Maryland's Democratic primary for Senate. "Maryland's Senate race reflects the national shift in the center of gravity that's taking place in the Democratic Party - with Democratic leaders competing to be bold on economic populism issues and carry the progressive mantle". He may win this race, but there's peril ahead for Democrats who can't communicate sophisticated views on identity.

Looking at the election, Ms. Edwards appeared to have it locked up when for whatever reason she started a ridiculous attack against Mr. Van Hollen as a shill for the NRA.

The presidential race, which Hillary Clinton won easily, had little impact on the Senate results, according to the exit polls.

Both members of Congress represent suburban DC districts.

"What I want to know from my Democratic Party is, when will the voices of people of color, when will the voices of women, when will the voices of labor, when will the voices of black women, when will our voices be effective, legitimate equal leaders in a big-tent party?" Wine superstore owner David Trone has broken the record for the amount of money a self-funded House candidate has put into a single campaign, putting more than $12 million of his own money into the race.

Donna Edwards was elected to Congress the same year Barack Obama was elected the first African-American president. "Sometimes I went to a local food pantry to get what I needed", Edwards has said.

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