April 26, 2016 at 10:20 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Van Hollen beats Edwards in Md. primary

Chris Van Hollen, gay news, Washington Blade

U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is running to succeed the retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) in the U.S. Senate. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen defeated U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) on Tuesday in the Democratic primary to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.).

Van Hollen beat Edwards by a 53-39 percent margin.

“Together — together — we’re going to go forth from this evening and win the general election,” Van Hollen told his supporters on Tuesday. “We’re going to be going to the new Democratic majority in the United States Senate.”

Edwards spoke to her supporters in Lanham after she conceded to Van Hollen.

“Our battle is not over and our work is not done,” said Edwards.

Both Edwards and Van Hollen touted their support of marriage rights for same-sex couples and the Equality Act, which would amend federal civil rights law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, during interviews with the Washington Blade earlier this year.

Van Hollen will face House Minority Leader Kathy Szeliga (R-Baltimore and Harford Counties) in the general election.

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

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