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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 he will run for the Democratic nomination for president — becoming the first candidate to challenge President Donald J. Trump.

The centrist Democrat, little known outside of his home district and relatively new to politics, will face a steep climb in building a credible national campaign. His departure from Maryland, meanwhile, could fundamentally alter the landscape in next year’s governor’s race and the state’s most competitive congressional district.

One of the only members of Congress to have run a publicly traded company,...

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