- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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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