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2020 presidential candidate’s wife wins primary for David Trone’s seat in the Maryland House

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Former Biden administration official April McClain-Delaney prevailed over a crowded field to win the Democratic primary in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

The Associated Press called the race for Delaney at 10:21 p.m. She won 39.15% of the vote, with 13,544 votes, a plurality in a field of 15 other candidates, according to unofficial results from the Maryland Secretary of State’s office. She will face Republican Neil Parrott in the general election, in a race that favors Democrats.

“Thank you to everyone who came out to support me today. From Montgomery to Garrett County, we will continue this journey to keep the seat blue!” Delaney said after the race was called.

Delaney previously served as deputy assistant secretary for communications at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She is the wife of former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., who represented the district for six years and ran for president in 2020 as a Democrat. She wants to succeed Rep. David Trone, D-Md., who resigned the seat after three terms in Congress to run for the U.S. Senate.

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April-McClain-Delaney

April McClain-Delaney speaks after winning the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District on May 14, 2024. (April McClain Delaney/X)

In an upset, Trone lost the Senate primary to Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, a newcomer to national politics who could be the first black woman from Maryland ever elected to the U.S. Senate. Alsobrooks will face former Republican Governor Larry Hogan in the general election.

Delaney won the primary for Trone’s seat with the support of several high-profile Democrats, including former House Speaker and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Reps. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Jamie Raskin , D-Md. She raised more money than any other candidate in the race and self-financed her campaign with a $1 million loan.

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David Trone

Representative David Trone, a Democrat running for Senate in Maryland, has left his seat in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District to make an unsuccessful bid for the Senate. (Screenshot/Fox 5)

Before serving in the Biden administration, Delaney worked as a communications attorney and entrepreneur who focused on regulating communications satellites and protecting children’s digital privacy for about 25 years.

Delaney was born and raised in Idaho, where her father was a Russet potato farmer.

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2020 Democratic presidential candidates John Hickenlooper, former Governor of Colorado, from left to right, former Representative John Delaney and Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana

2020 Democratic presidential candidates John Hickenlooper, former Governor of Colorado, from left to right, former Representative John Delaney and Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana, stand on stage during the Democratic presidential candidate debate in Detroit, Michigan, USA, on Tuesday July 30, 2019. (Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

She met her husband, John Delaney, at Georgetown University Law Center and the two married in 1990. They have four children together.

John Delaney was the first Delaney to announce his run for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, although his short-lived campaign ended before the Iowa caucuses that year. Delaney, a former businessman and once the youngest CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, was a centrist who opposed the far-left policies advocated by some of his rivals in the primaries, including Medicare-for-all.

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John Delaney dropped out of the presidential election in January 2020 due to a lack of support for his candidacy.

Fox News Digital’s Tyler Olson, Brandon Gillespie and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.