Alsobrooks Wins Maryland Democratic Primary for US Senate

(Bloomberg) -- Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks won the Maryland Democratic primary for Senate, according to the Associated Press, defeating US Representative David Trone, one of the richest members of Congress, in a race in which he heavily outspent his rival.

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Trone, the co-owner of Total Wine & More, an alcohol retail empire worth an estimated $2.4 billion, relied on his personal fortune to bankroll his campaign, spending $48 million on advertisements to $4 million from Alsobrooks, according to AdImpact, which tracks ad spending.

Alsobrooks, though, held the backing of much of her state party, including endorsements from Maryland Governor Wes Moore, as well as Emilys List, a group which supports Democratic women candidates. If elected, she would be the first Black senator in Maryland’s history.

She is now headed to a general election contest against former Governor Larry Hogan in what is expected to be a competitive race that could tip the balance of power in the Senate. Hogan won Maryland’s Republican primary on Tuesday.

Alsobrooks will defend the Democratic seat held by three-term incumbent Ben Cardin, who is retiring and not seeking reelection. Republicans need to flip just two seats to obtain a Senate majority.

Trone took in $54.9 million for his campaign through April 24, all but $795,000 of which has come in the form of loans from his personal fortune, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Without his deep pockets, Democrats may be forced to spend more money to keep the seat from Hogan, a moderate Republican who was twice elected governor in the state, instead of on other competitive races.

Late Tuesday night, Hogan congratulated Alsobrooks in a post on X, saying: “I know Angela well, and I value our respectful relationship. I look forward to a real debate on what this campaign is about: who can actually help fix the mess in Washington.”

--With assistance from Bill Allison.

(Updates with Hogan congratulating Alsobrooks, in final two paragraphs.)

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