- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Maryland congressman Chris Van Hollen won the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Barbara Mikulski on Tuesday in a polarizing battle over race and gender.

He defeated fellow House member Donna Edwards by winning more than half the votes in a 10-way contest. Edwards got about 40 percent.

Van Hollen, who is white, ran on his record as a pragmatic progressive capable of reaching across the political aisle to get things done. Edwards campaigned as a candidate committed to liberal principles in her quest to become the nation’s second black female senator.

Van Hollen will face Republican state Del. Kathy Szeliga in the Nov. 8 general election.

Mikulski, who is retiring, held the seat for 30 years in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2 to 1.

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RASKIN’S GRASSROOTS EFFORT OVERCOMES TRONE’S BIG BUCKS

Democratic state Del. Jamie Raskin proved that grassroots organizing can beat big-money spending by defeating businessman David Trone in the record-setting race for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.

Trone, owner of the Total Wine and More retail chain, put more than $12 million of his own money into the contest, the most expensive self-funded House campaign ever.

Raskin, a liberal constitutional law professor, raised $1.9 million and vowed to out-organize and out-hustle his eight opponents. He got 33 percent of the vote while Trone got 28 percent.

Raskin faces conservative Republican attorney Dan Cox on Nov. 8. The district includes suburbs of Washington and Baltimore.

The seat is currently held by Van Hollen.

Meanwhile, Edwards’ candidacy left an open seat in the 4th Congressional District, which includes Washington’s eastern suburbs. Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown won the Democratic primary there and will face Republican George McDermott in the general election.

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BALTIMORE MAYOR

State Sen. Catherine Pugh won Baltimore’s Democratic mayoral primary, denying former mayor Sheila Dixon a comeback from an embezzlement conviction that forced her to resign in 2010.

Pugh received about 37 percent of the vote to Dixon’s 34 percent. DeRay Mckesson, a nationally known Black Lives Matter activist, placed sixth among 13 candidates.

Pugh is in little danger of losing to Republican nominee Alan Walden, a retired local news radio anchor, in November. Baltimore hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1963.

Incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake chose not to seek re-election amid criticism following rioting after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

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TRUMP, CLINTON WIN MARYLAND PRIMARIES

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton easily won their party primaries in Maryland.

Trump outpolled Ohio Gov. John Kasich more than 2 to 1. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was a distant third.

Clinton won 63 percent of the Democratic vote, far outpolling New York Sen. Bernie Sanders, who got about a third.

Trump got strong backing from voters who were angry about the way the government is working and who wanted a president who can bring change, according to preliminary exit polls.

Clinton won with heavy support from women, blacks, voters who favor President Barack Obama’s policies and those who consider experience the most important leadership quality, according to the initial data from surveys conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks.

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JUDGE EXTENDS VOTING HOURS AT 4 BALTIMORE POLLING PLACES

A judge in Baltimore extended voting by an hour at four polling places in the city that opened late.

The order was sought by Edwards and granted Tuesday evening during a hearing that was moved to a parking garage because of a small fire at the Baltimore courthouse. Polls were supposed to open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m.

The order effectively delayed results from all races statewide since they could not be released until all polls had closed.

The State Board of Elections opposed the request. Elections Administrator Linda Lamone said she didn’t think a small number of late openings was sufficient cause to disrupt the rest of the process.

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