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Primary Winners Eye November
Lexington Park, MD - 4/4/2012
By Andy Marquis
Incumbent Congressman Steny Hoyer (D: MD-5th), Maryland Delegate Tony O’Donnell (R: 29C, Calvert and St. Mary’s), incumbent United States Senator Ben Cardin (D: MD) and Daniel John Bongino (R: MD) all won their respective primaries on Tuesday and will now fast forward to their general election campaigns.
“I am honored that Fifth District Democrats selected me to continue representing their interests in Congress,” Hoyer said in a statement Tuesday night. “I want to thank them for recognizing my hard work on behalf of all of our communities, and I assure them that I will continue working in the days and months ahead to make sure that the Fifth District is a place that we are all proud to call ‘home.’
“I also want to acknowledge President Barack Obama (D) for securing the Democratic nomination for President tonight, as well as my good friend and colleague Senator Ben Cardin and all Democratic candidates for their hard work to earn the support of the people of Maryland. I look forward to continuing to work alongside these terrific candidates leading up to the November election, so that we can deliver results for Maryland and focus on the issues of importance to our constituents.”
Obama secured the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States with wins in Washington, DC and Maryland. Obama ran unopposed.
“Thank you for your support,” O’Donnell said on Tuesday night. “I am humbled by your faith in me to carry your banner forward. Now the second phase of our fight begins. We are going to carry our message to every nook and cranny in the 5th District. The future of our country is at stake and we look forward to discussing these issues with citizens from every county, town, and village in this district. Join us in this endeavor--contact our Headquarters to find out how you can help.
“I would also like to thank Mr. David Hill and Mr. Glen Morton for running in the Republican Primary with me. Their sincerity, honesty, and sportsmanship are commendable and made the race enjoyable. I invite them to join our campaign in our effort to give the citizens of the 5th Congressional District a congressman who will better represent everyone.”
“We ran a positive campaign based on real accomplishments over the last five years and I’m glad to say that people noticed,” Cardin said in a statement. “It’s been both humbling and uplifting the number of people who have come up to me on the street, at an event, outside of a polling site, and shook my hand saying, ‘My Friend, Ben.’
“I would like to think the simplicity of this phrase captured people’s attention because I have been a friend to ALL Marylanders, listening to the needs of our citizens and local officials, promoting equal opportunity, and helping to get our economy back on track as a partner with President Obama. I’ve been a friend to the Middle Class and small businesses, helping to grow our economy.
“This election is not just a choice between candidates or political parties but a choice between moving America forward, and falling back. It’s a choice between lifting up all and building walls to keep people out and keep people down.”
Bongino, a former Secret Service Agent, will face Cardin in the general election.
"I am grateful to the voters of Maryland who have given me this amazing opportunity," Bongino said. "I would also like to thank the other Republican challengers. We all share the same concerns about the direction of this country and agree it is time Maryland had new representation in Washington. I hope they will join my campaign to bring an outsider's perspective to the US Senate.
"The people of Maryland deserve a Senator who will fight for them, and not the Washington establishment. We need leadership in the Senate that will work to increase opportunity for middle-class Americans that will provide a path for those in poverty to advance and ensure this nation will once again be a place where jobs are created and people are willing to invest."
The general election is on November 6, 2012.
TBN's interview with Bongino: thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/story_ID/24742
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