The second time is the charm for David Trone.
The Potomac businessman, who lost in 2016 in his bid for the Democratic nomination in the 8th Congressional District, was the winner Tuesday in the 6th District Democratic race. Trone, who spent an estimated $10 million of his own money on the contest, defeated state Del. Aruna Miller by 40.4 percent to 30.6 percent of the votes cast. There also were six other candidates in the field, including state Sen. Roger Manno of Silver Spring, who received 10.2 percent of the vote.
Miller beat Trone by about 1,000 votes in Montgomery County, but Trone, the co-founder of Total Wine & More, trounced Miller in the rest of the district, which stretches all the way to western Maryland.
In the Republican race in the 6th District, Amie Hoeber of Potomac easily beat three challengers. Hoeber was the GOP candidate in the district in a losing cause in 2016.
Speaking to supporters at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center on Tuesday night, Trone said he “speaks for the people who have no PACS or lobbyists speaking for them.”
Without mentioning her name, Trone also criticized Hoeber for showing “no empathy for people in need.”
In a statement issued by her campaign, Miller said, “Our campaign did not have the biggest wallet, but it had the most heart. While we did not prevail, we did make a difference. We stood up to ensure a voice of diversity was part of the electoral process.”
In the 8th Congressional District race, incumbent Democrat Jamie Raskin easily defeated two challengers. Raskin will face Republican John Walsh, who defeated two other GOP candidates.
The 8th district includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase and much of the rest of Montgomery County, as well as parts of Carroll and Frederick counties.
In the 3rd Congressional District, which includes part of Silver Spring, incumbent John Sarbanes will face Republican Charles Anthony.