DemDaily: Alsobrooks Triumphs in Maryland Senate Primary

May 15, 2024

In one of the country's highest-profile and most expensive primaries, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks defeated three-term Congressman David Trone, 54%-41.9%, securing the Democratic nomination in Maryland's open US Senate seat -- positioning her to make history as the state's first Black Senator.

Alsobrooks' decisive victory Tuesday defied the polls. Trone, the Total Wine & More tycoon who invested $62 million of his own funds into the primary, consistently led Alsobrooks since they both entered the race last May -- within a week of Democratic Senator Ben Cardin's announcement that he would not be seeking a fourth term.

Alsobrooks, however, had the powerful early endorsements of most state and local officials, including popular Governor Wes Moore, Maryland's junior US Senator Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen Steny Hoyer (CD-5) and Jaime Raskin (CD-8), as well as EMILY's List and the Congressional Black Caucus.

In the heavily blue Free State, which Joe Biden won with 65% in 2020, the winner of the Democratic primary is historically the presumptive general election winner -- with the exception of former two-term Republican Governor Larry Hogan, a self-proclaimed moderate and vocal critic of former President Donald Trump who left office in 2023 with a 77% approval rating.

Hogan's surprise entry into the Senate race in February immediately put Maryland into play for the GOP's quest to take control of the US Senate and now sets up a high-profile general election fight with Alsobrooks that will draw the full national support of both parties.

A May 5-8 of registered voters conducted by Emerson College/The Hill/DC News Now showed Alsobrooks leading Hogan 48%-38% (MOE: +/-2.9%)

Maryland Presidential Primary Results: Democrat: Joe Biden 86.3%, Uncommitted 10.4%, Marianne Williamson 2%, Dean Phillips (dropped out) 1.3%. Republican: Donald Trump 80%, Nikki Haley (dropped out) 20%

In other Maryland races:
Second Congressional District: In the open seat race to succeed retiring Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (D), Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski (D) easily won the Democratic primary with 78%, and will face conservative radio host and MAGA personality Kimberly Klacik, who won the GOP Primary with 64%.

Third Congressional District: State Senator Sarah Elfreth won the 22-person Democratic primary to replace retiring Congressman John Sarbanes (D) with 35.4% of the vote. Former U.S. Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn secured 24.8%, followed by State Senator Clarence Lam with 11.4%, with the remaining candidates under 7%. Elfreth is heavily favored in the general election against Republican nominee Robert Steinberger.

Sixth Congressional District: In the contest to fill the seat vacated by David Trone to run for US Senate, lawyer, philanthropist and former US Commerce Department official April McClain Delaney triumphed in the Democratic primary with 39.1% of the vote. Her nearest competitor, State Delegate Joe Vogel secured 26.7%, with the remaining 14 candidates coming in under 9%.

In what is expected to be the state’s most competitive congressional race, McCain Delaney will face Republican State Delegate Neil Parrott in the general election.

Maryland’s five incumbent US House members Andy Harris (R-1st), Glenn Ivey (D-4th), Steny Hoyer (D-5th), Kweisi Mfume (D-7th) and Jamie Raskin (D-8th) all won their primaries easily on Tuesday and are heavily favored to win another term in November.

Baltimore Mayoral Race: Although the Democratic primary contest has been called for first-term incumbent Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott in his rematch with former Mayor Sheila Dixon -- who has refused to concede. With 72% of the vote reported, Scott leads 51%-41% over Dixon, who is waiting on 14,000 mail-in ballots which won't be counted until Thursday.

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Sources: Washington Post, New York Times, The Washington Informer, Maryland Matters, CBS, Baltimore Sun

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