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Trone Loses Most Expensive Self-Funded House Campaign Ever To Raskin

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Democratic state Del. Jamie Raskin proved that grassroots organizing can beat big-money spending by defeating businessman David Trone in the record-setting race for Maryland's 8th Congressional District.

Trone, owner of the Total Wine and More retail chain, put more than $12 million of his own money into the contest, the most expensive self-funded House campaign ever.

Raskin, a liberal constitutional law professor, raised $1.9 million and vowed to out-organize and out-hustle his eight opponents. He got 33 percent of the vote while Trone got 28 percent.

Raskin faces conservative Republican attorney Dan Cox on Nov. 8. The district includes suburbs of D.C. and Baltimore.

The seat is currently held by Van Hollen, who won the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski after her three decades in office.

Meanwhile, Rep. Donna Edwards' candidacy for Senate left an open seat in the 4th Congressional District, which includes Washington's eastern suburbs.

Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown won the Democratic primary there and will face Republican George McDermott in the general election.

See the full primary election results in Maryland HERE.

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