Dwight Evans

Baseball Game Brings Out Bipartisan Best in Lawmakers

Van Hollen and McGinty Prove Democratic Establishment Still Has Muscle
The candidates won because of superior fundraising enabled by the support of party leaders

Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate Katie McGinty won thanks to an all-out effort from Democratic Party establishment . (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In the year of the political outsider, consummate insiders have won a pair of high-profile, contentious Democratic primaries for Senate.  

Former Clinton administration official Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania and Rep. Chris Van Hollen in Maryland each won their intra-party races Tuesday, defeating former Rep. Joe Sestak and Rep. Donna Edwards, respectively. For Van Hollen, the win all but guarantees he replace the retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in the Senate in 2017, given Maryland’s traditional deep shade of blue in presidential years.  

Indicted Rep. Fattah Loses Primary
11-term representative becomes first incumbent to lose in 2016 cycle

Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., campaigns at a SEPTA subway stop in west Philadelphia with other local Democrats on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah became the first incumbent of 2016 to lose his seat Tuesday night.

The 11-term member, who was  indicted on 29 corruption charges  for racketeering conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud, lost his 2nd District primary to  state Rep. Dwight Evans .

Indicted Rep. Chaka Fattah Gets Strong Primary Challenger

The indicted Fattah has drawn a serious challenger for his Philadelphia House seat. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

When Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., was indicted in July on 29 corruption charges , strategists in the state questioned  whether any strong candidates would  challenge the 11-term incumbent in a primary his heavily Democratic Philadelphia-based seat.  

They got their answer earlier this week when state Rep. Dwight Evans, a longtime Philadelphia politician with considerable clout among the Pennsylvania Democratic establishment, announced he'll challenge Fattah in a primary in this safe Democratic seat. With Evans' entrance into the contest, Democratic strategists say Fattah's future in Congress looks a little less certain.