WASHINGTON — Delaware Sen. Chris Coons comfortably beat back a challenge from his left in Tuesday's Democratic primary.
Coons was leading digital strategist Jessica Scarane 79% to 21% when The Associated Press called the race at 9:24 p.m. Eastern time.
Scarane, 34, picked up support from groups such as the Sunrise Movement and 350 Action, which have backed other progressive challengers across the country. She had hoped to follow in the footsteps of progressive Democrats who have defeated House Democratic incumbents in deep-blue districts in 2018 and earlier this year.
Coons, 57, first entered the Senate after winning a 2010 special election to serve out the rest of Joe Biden's term after he became vice president. He has built a strong relationship with Biden and has the ear of the Democratic presidential nominee.
He also had a clear cash advantage heading into Tuesday's primary, with $6 million raised through Aug. 26, compared to Scarane's $324,000. He ended the pre-primary reporting period with $2.7 million in the bank compared with $150,000 for Scarane.
Next up for Coons will be either Marine veteran Jim DeMartino or activist Lauren Witzke, who were competing for the GOP nomination Tuesday. The race was uncalled at publication time.
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the general election "solid Democratic."
The race for Delaware's at-large House district will pit two-term Democratic incumbent Lisa Blunt Rochester against Republican Lee Murphy, an actor who appeared on Netflix's "House of Cards."
Blunt Rochester, 58, the first woman and person of color to represent the First State in Congress, was unopposed in Tuesday's Democratic primary.
Murphy, who is also a retired Amtrak engineer and conductor, was leading political newcomer Matthew Morris 71% to 29% when the AP called the GOP primary at 9:35 p.m. Eastern time.
Murphy, 68, was making his second bid for the at-large seat and had the endorsement of the Delaware GOP. He was also the state party's preferred candidate in 2018, but lost the primary to businessman Scott Walker, who ran for governor this year.
Morris, 34, a furniture store sales manager, was convicted of first-degree aggravated assault following a 2013 incident in Philadelphia. Convicted felons can hold elected federal office depending on their conviction.
Blunt Rochester begins the general election campaign with a strong fundraising edge. She raised $1.4 million through Aug. 26, compared with Murphy's $60,000. And she had $642,000 in her campaign coffers to $19,000 for Murphy.
Inside Elections rates the race "solid Democratic."
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