Comparatively speaking, June 26 proved to be a quiet night for U.S. Senate primaries as the results, as expected, produced no surprises. Challenges to Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland failed to live up to early hype as former U.S. Army private Chelsea Manning, who gained notoriety when she was convicted of leaking government documents to Wikileaks, only managed to pull 6 percent of the vote. In Utah, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney put to rest suggestions that he doesn’t have broad support among Republican voters by winning the nomination with 72 percent of the vote in a primary.
In 2006, Democrat Ben Cardin won this open seat with 55 percent of the vote. Six years later, he won re-election to a second term with 56 percent. Republicans don’t have much of a bench and the party seems more focused on re-electing Gov. Larry Hogan to a second term than they are on mounting a competitive challenge to Cardin. Cardin won the Democratic primary with 80 percent of the vote against seven opponents, including Chelsea Manning, the
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