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Delaney announces campaign for president, becomes first to challenge Trump

Delaney announces campaign for president, becomes first to challenge Trump

Rep. John Delaney, a former Potomac businessman who has cultivated a reputation for bipartisanship during three terms in Congress, announced Friday that he will run for the Democratic nomination for president — making him the first candidate to challenge President Donald J. Trump.

The centrist Democrat, little known outside his district, will face a steep climb in building a credible national campaign. His departure from Maryland, meanwhile, could alter the landscape in the state’s looming governor’s race and its most competitive congressional district.

Delaney, one of the only members of Congress to have run a public company, appears to center his presidential campaign on...

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