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Angela Alsobrooks defeated Rep. David Trone

Alsobrooks defeats Trone despite his massive spending

Here are our top takeaways from primary day in Maryland, West Virginia and Nebraska.

Alsobrooks embarrasses Trone. Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) spent tens of millions of dollars in his own cash and still lost the Maryland Senate Democratic primary badly. Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks ended up beating Trone by more than 10 points.

Alsobrooks — who secured nearly all major statewide endorsements — now has the chance to be the first Black woman elected to the Senate from Maryland.

NRSC favorites breeze through their primaries. In two states where Republicans are seeking to flip blue seats — West Virginia and Maryland — the NRSC-blessed candidates easily won. Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice both defeated more right-wing challengers. Hello Sen. Babydog.

Elfreth defeats Dunn. State Sen. Sarah Elfreth defeated former U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn in the Democratic primary in Maryland’s 3rd District. Dunn raised more money than some Senate candidates and had top-tier endorsements, including former Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But Elfreth had local union support and benefited from AIPAC’s super PAC ad spending.

McClain Delaney knocks off Vogel. April McClain Delaney, the wife of former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), is one step closer to heading to Congress. She won the 6th District Democratic primary over state legislator Joe Vogel in Trone’s current seat.

Mixed day for the Moore dynasty. While Shelley Moore Capito’s (R-W.Va.) son Moore Capito lost his gubernatorial primary, her nephew Riley Moore won the 2nd District primary.

Bacon moves to the general. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) soundly defeated a right-wing primary challenger and will face Democrat Tony Vargas in the toss-up general election.

— Max Cohen

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