April 27, 2016

Congressional candidate Jamie Raskin beat out wine millionaire David Trone and former local TV anchor Kathleen Matthews (wife of Chris Matthews) to take the Democratic nomination for the 8th Congressional District in Maryland. The 8th District is rated D+10, so the Democratic nominee is highly likely to be elected in November.

Trone had financed his own campaign to the tune of over 12 million dollars and had outspent Raskin 12-1. Raskin ran on a "get money out of politics" campaign, along with an emphasis on DC voting rights and anti-fracking. USA Today:

Wine distributor David Trone just made history, and he's probably not happy about it.

The Democratic congressional candidate pumped more than $12.4 million of his fortune into his campaign for an open House seat in Maryland -- the most ever from a self-funded House candidate. Despite the money and the nearly non-stop advertising it paid for, Trone lost Tuesday's primary to a three-term state senator Jamie Raskin, who has been a champion of reducing the role of money in politics. Raskin raised about $2 million.

As the end of the day, Trone paid about $393 per vote that he won, roughly 10 times what each winning vote cost Raskin.

Nice to see a progressive win.

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