Novice Democrat Challenges Controversial Congressman in Historic Senate Race

( – Angela Alsobrooks, a newcomer to the national political arena, rocked Maryland’s Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday, May 14th when she defeated three-term Representative David Trone. Trone set a new national record by spending more than $60 million of his own money on his campaign. Alsobrooks did not show a lead in the polls until the last few weeks of the race, probably because she wasn’t well known and held off on campaign spending until she felt more confident. She said that once momentum struck the “energy was just electric” as hundreds of people began attending her campaign events.

Alsobrooks has the potential to be the first black senator in Maryland and the fourth black female senator from any state. She has lived in Prince George’s County her entire life and was elected as the County’s State’s Attorney in 2010. In 2018 she became the first woman to be elected as the 8th County Executive for Prince George’s County.

Alsobrooks will now be competing against anti-Trump Republican and popular former governor Larry Hogan for the U.S. Senate seat opening up with Ben Carbin’s retirement. A Republican has not won a Senate seat in Maryland in more than 40 years, but Hogan vows he will not be “just another Republican on Capitol Hill” and is well-liked by Maryland Democrats. Hogan claims to be an independent voice appealing to Republicans, Democrats, and Independents with his campaign. He has promised to continue to protect the rights of women to make their own decisions regarding reproductive health.

Steny H. Hoyer, former majority leader of the House, reminded Maryland Democrats that Hogan is still a Republican and “he will vote with the Republicans.” Alsobrooks agreed by saying that if Hogan is elected the Republicans would have the majority needed to pass a national abortion ban. Democrats have a one-seat majority in the Senate, and the outcome of this election could determine which party holds the majority in January.

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