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February 9, 2016

Maryland: Bill Clinton Backs John Delaney

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President Bill Clinton has endorsed businessman John Delaney in the Democratic primary in Maryland 6th district.

“John Delaney is a lifelong Democrat who has real life job creation experience, he’s a progressive business leader with a long record of civic activism and charitable causes,” Clinton said in a statement.

Delaney raised more than $800,000 for then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, according to the Washington Post.

The endorsement is something of a strategic setback for state Sen. Rob Garagiola, the frontrunner for the Democratic nod. Part of Garagiola’s campaign strategy has been to lock down establishment support and endorsements throughout Maryland, including getting the backing of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

The Democratic primary has already taken on a nasty tone. The two campaigns trade press releases back-and-forth on an almost daily basis.

The primary is April 3. The 6th district was safe Republican territory until a Democratic-led redistricting made it much more competitive. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) is in the fight of his career to hold on to a seat that Roll Call rates as Leans Democratic.

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