Kumar Barve

Dollars Flow In Maryland House Races
Best-known candidates not necessarily leading the money race in D.C. suburbs

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown lags behind Glenn Ivey and Joseline Peña-Melnyk in fundraising for the 4th Congressional District's Democratic primary race. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With two open House seats in suburban Maryland, Democratic candidates are spending hundreds of thousands — and in some cases millions — of dollars to win votes in Tuesday's primary.  

Incumbent Democratic Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen are competing for an open Senate seat , leaving the 4th and 8th Congressional Districts with free-for-all Democratic primaries that have attracted a mix of well-known Maryland politicians and outside candidates.  

25 debates, 9 Democrats and 1 expensive race to replace Chris Van Hollen
Some takeaways from the talkathons in Maryland's 8th District

Candidates for Maryland's 8th District include Kathleen Matthews, left, and clockwise from left David Trone, Kumar Barve, Will Jawando and Jamie Raskin. (CQ Roll Call File Photo and Candidate campaign websites)

The nine Maryland Democrats whose April 26 primary will decide who beats the Republican in Chris Van Hollen's  district have debated a stupefying 25 times . And even the two talk-a-thons I attended in recent weeks left no doubt that:  

Businessman David Trone , who’s poured more of his own money into this race than any congressional candidate in history, relieving his heirs of a total of $12.4 million, seems to have united his rivals in opprobrium.