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Front Runners Win, Van Hollen Triumphs, Ireton Loses

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The voting is over and the presidential front runners came out the winners last night.

Donald Trump swept the primary states while Clinton won four including Maryland and Delaware.

In Maryland Clinton overwhelmed Senator Bernie Sanders 63 percent to 33 percent while Trump trounced his rivals picking up 54 percent of the vote.

In Delaware Clinton beat Sanders by 60 percent to 39 percent while Trump won 61 percent of the vote.

Chris Van Hollen Wins

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md)

(AP) - Rep. Chris Van Hollen has won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate 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.

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.

He will face Republican Delegate Kathy Szeliga.

Baltimore Mayoral Race

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Catherine Pugh

Catherine Pugh, a state senator and owner of a public relations firm, has won the Democratic primary for mayor of Baltimore.

The 65-year-old lawmaker defeated 11 other candidates, including former Mayor Sheila Dixon. She is expected to win the general election in Baltimore, a Democratic stronghold.

Pugh is a three-term state senator who also served on the Baltimore City Council for five years before she was appointed to the Maryland House of Delegates.

She secured numerous endorsements in the months and weeks leading up to the primary. That included an endorsement from Councilman Nick Mosby, who waged an unsuccessful campaign for mayor that ended the day before early voting began April 14.

Anthony Brown Wins

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Anthony Brown

Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has won the race for the Democratic nomination to run for Rep. Donna Edwards' seat in Maryland's 4th Congressional District.

Former Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey and Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk also had sought the nomination in Tuesday's primary in Maryland's Washington suburbs.

Edwards has held the seat since 2008 but decided to seek the Democratic nomination this year for the state's open U.S. Senate seat.

Brown loaned hundreds of thousands of dollars to his bid for Congress as he attempted to bounce back after losing the governor's race in 2014 to Republican Larry Hogan.

Jim Ireton Loses Congressional Bid

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Salisbury Council Member Jim Ireton

Locally the big story was the loss of Salisbury City Council member and former mayor Jim Ireton who failed in his bid to challenge incumbent Republican Congressman Andy Harris in Maryland’s First congressional district.

As of last night Ireton was less than 100 votes in the Democratic primary behind Joe Wermer of Harford County.

At an election party last night Ireton conceded defeat.

Victoria Jackson Stanley, the vice chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, said Harris who won his primary will be a tough opponent.

Awkward Moment for Tom Carper

There was an awkward moment during the campaign for Senator Tom Carper from a rally for Senator Hillary Clinton.

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Senator Tom Carper (D-De)

He offered up a sing-along to the Donna Summer classic “She Works Hard for the Money” in which the audience joined in.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he also misidentified her as a former governor and member of the House of Representatives.

She was, of course, the Senator from New York, Secretary of State and First Lady.

A video of the remarks spread on social media.

The paper reports that there was no comment from the Senator’s office.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.