AP: Van Hollen wins Dem nomination over Edwards

Posted at 9:59 PM, Apr 26, 2016

Rep. Chris Van Hollen has won the Democratic nomination for an open US Senate seat in Maryland.

Van Hollen won Tuesday night after a long and heated primary against Rep. Donna Edwards for the seat opening due to Sen. Barbara Mikulski's retirement at the end of her term.

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The campaign became a polarizing battle over race, gender and personality as the two candidates sought to succeed Mikulski, the nation's longest-serving female senator. Both candidates represent House districts that include the suburbs of the nation's capital.

Van Hollen ran on his record as a pragmatic progressive who is able to reach across the political aisle to get things done. Edwards campaigned as a candidate more committed to holding liberal principals without settling for political deals.

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