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.
Delegate Kathy Szelega won the Republican Senatorial Primary.