Across Maryland, multiple political races were hotly contested in yesterday’s primary elections.
For the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski’s retirement, sitting Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD8) prevailed in a hard-fought primary over Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD4). In the general election, he will face current House of Delegates Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga, who won a multi-way republican primary for the role.
The two most closely-watched and heavily contested congressional elections were in those districts being vacated by Van Hollen and Edwards – while all the other members of Maryland’s congressional Delegation earned easy primary wins.
In Van Hollen’s District 8, State Senator Jamie Raskin won over strong competition from a range of candidates, including two well-funded and organized political newcomers. In Edwards’ District 4, former Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown won a close race over former Prince George’s State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey and curent Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk, among other candidates.