- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Maryland state Sen. Jamie Raskin walloped his two biggest opponents Tuesday in the Democratic primary for the 8th Congressional District, including one challenger who spent nearly $13 million of his own money only to fall short by 7 percentage points.

Though Mr. Raskin was favored to win the contest to fill the House seat of U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who won the Democratic Senate primary, he outdistanced wine his main opponents — wine superstore owner David Trone and former WJLA reporter Kathleen Matthews — by a margin much wider than some predicted.

Ms. Matthews, who is married to MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews, was seen as the biggest threat to Mr. Raskin’s ascension to federal politics, but she didn’t perform as well as most expected, finishing third with 21,520 votes, or about 24 percent.

Mr. Trone, who spent $12.5 million of his own money to garner 31,529 votes, or about 27 percent, and come in second well behind Mr. Raskin, actually did better than many expected.

The fact that he outspent Mr. Raskin 6-to-1 in the race and still lost, doesn’t discount that Mr. Trone was an mostly-unknown quantity in Montgomery County when he entered the race just before the February filing deadline and ended up in real contention with two candidates with whom voters were very familiar.

As with former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s win in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s 4th Congressional district, Mr. Raskin is expected to win his general election race against Republican Dan Cox, who prevailed in his primary Tuesday. Mr. Van Hollen was re-elected to his 8th district seat in 2014 with a 21 point victory over the Republican challenger.

 


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