Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes, Dutch Ruppersberger, Andy Harris coast to primary victories

Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes, Dutch Ruppersberger, Andy Harris coast to primary victories

Maryland’s six House incumbents all coasted to victory Tuesday in their primary races.

Democraitc Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, John Sarbanes, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny Hoyer and John Delaney and Republican Rep. Andy Harris faced little or no competition.

Given the partisan makeup and voting histories of the state’s House districts, all six incumbents enter the general election campaign as heavy favorites to win reelection in November.

Cummings, of Baltimore, is seeking a 12th term in the House. Already prominent in Washington, he enhanced his national profile with frequent public appearances during the unrest of last spring.

“I'm grateful that tonight the voters … reiterated their belief in me to continue fighting for the issues that matter most to them,” he said. “I never take for granted the confidence each one of those votes represents. I am humbled by their faith in me, and remain committed to continuously earning that faith through my service to them."

Sarbanes, of Baltimore County, is seeking a sixth term in the House.

"I'm gratified that voters have nominated me as the Democratic standard bearer for Maryland's Third Congressional District,” he said.

Harris, of Baltimore County, is seeking a fourth term in the House. He is Maryland’s only Republican in Congress.

"I am humbled, in this time of dissatisfaction with how Washington does its business, that Republican voters in the First Congressional District nominated me once again to be their conservative candidate in November,” he said.

The state’s two other House members, Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen, ran against each other in the Democratic primary for the Senate seat left open by the retirement of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Van Hollen won.

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