A challenger from his own party, turned out to not be much of a challenge for Sen. Ben Cardin in Maryland’s primary election on Tuesday.
Sen. Cardin easily defeated Maryland State Senator Anthony Muse, a pastor from Prince George’s County. Cardin won 74 percent of the vote, to Muse’s 16 percent.
Cardin has the support of President Barack Obama, along with the state’s Democratic leadership including Governor Martin O’Malley and Senator Barbara Mikulski.
“It’s about all of our children and grandchildren and what type of country, what kind of world do we want to leave for the next generation. I’m working to leave a better place for the next generation and I won’t let anyone turn back the clock on my watch,” Sen. Cardin told his supporters at his victory party Tuesday night, at the new Greene Turtle restaurant in South Baltimore’s Locust Point neighborhood.
On the Republican side, Daniel Bongino, a U.S. Secret Service agent from Anne Arundel County, defeated Richard Douglas, a former Defense Department official.
In the lead-up to the primary, Senator Cardin faced attacks accusing the long-time state legislator, Congressman and now Senator of being a career politician.
Maryland’s senior senator, Barbara Mikulski, responded to that criticism by saying: “I’m often amused. Those who attack career politicians want to be one."
At the victory party Senator Cardin told ABC2 News he’ll try to focus the election on issues like health care and creating jobs.
As the incumbent and a Democrat in a heavily Democratic state, Cardin will be the odds on favorite to win a second term in the U.S. Senate.
“This election is a choice,” he said. “Whether we want to continue to make progress; we’ve had 24 consecutive months of job growth, or whether we want to go back to the policies that got us into this trouble.”
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