April 26, 2016 at 11:39 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Raskin, Brown win Md. Democratic primaries

Anthony Brown, gay news, Washington Blade

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State Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) and former Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown on Tuesday won their respective Democratic primaries in the races to fill two vacancies in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Raskin defeated businessman David Trone in the 8th Congressional District by a 34-27 percent margin. Kathleen Matthews, a former WJLA reporter who is married to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, came in third with 24 percent of the vote.

Raskin — who spearheaded same-sex marriage and transgender rights bills in the Maryland Senate — will face Republican Dan Cox in the race to succeed Congressman Chris Van Hollen.

Brown defeated former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey by a 42-34 percent margin in the 4th Congressional District. State Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk (D-Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties) came in third with 19 percent of the vote.

“This campaign has always been about giving back to the community where my wife and I raise our family, and where I have dedicated my life to public service,” said Brown in a statement. “I am incredibly honored to be the Democratic nominee and so grateful to the voters of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties who have put their trust in me.”

Brown also backed the state’s same-sex marriage and trans rights laws, although some advocates have questioned the former lieutenant governor’s commitment to them.

The Prince George’s County Democrat will face off against Republican George McDermott in the race to succeed Congresswoman Donna Edwards.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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