Wealthy businessman John Delaney (above) is favored over Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in Maryland's 6th district race this fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Those deeply invested in Maryland’s 6th district — a seat Democrats are counting as a top pickup opportunity this fall — spent most of Wednesday making sense of this week’s primary results.
On the Democratic side, wounds remain raw. State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola was supposed to win it all, but he lost big in the primary to businessman John Delaney, who poured more than $1.6 million of his own money into the campaign.
Garagiola’s mentor, state Sen. Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, gave a backhanded endorsement of Delaney on Wednesday, according to several reports.
But among party operatives — the Democrats who care more about a pickup in the delegation than the personalities involved — there is an almost palpable sense of relief that Delaney won.