PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY – Steny Hoyer (D) and Mark Arness (R) have won the District 5 Congressional primary elections. Hoyer did not hold his own watch party, but released a statement following the victory: “I am proud to represent Maryland’s Fifth District in Congress and I thank voters for supporting me in the primary election […]
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY – Steny Hoyer (D) and Mark Arness (R) have won the District 5 Congressional primary elections.
Hoyer did not hold his own watch party, but released a statement following the victory:
“I am proud to represent Maryland’s Fifth District in Congress and I thank voters for supporting me in the primary election today,” he said. “I have a proven record as an effective leader who addresses the priorities of families throughout the Fifth District. I have been successful in protecting our military installations and federal facilities, and I will continue to be a strong advocate for bringing the new, consolidated FBI headquarters to Maryland. I will also continue to focus on job creation and ensuring that all Fifth District families and businesses have the tools necessary to compete and succeed in today’s economy.
“I am also pleased that Maryland voters supported Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president. I believe she has the experience needed to lead our country. Secretary Clinton has dedicated her life to public service and has stood up for families and children. Maryland residents deserve a leader like Hillary Clinton who will work diligently to ensure that Maryland families have the chance to get ahead and stay ahead.”
Hoyer earned more than 82,000 votes across the 5th District, winning him 76 percent of the primary vote. Kristin Beck and Debbie Wilson each had less than 13,000 and pulled in about 12 percent each.
Arness’ race with Charles Sam Faddis went down to the wire, as the race wasn’t called until 87 percent of the precincts had reported. Arness defeated Faddis with 53.2 percent of the vote. Faddis polled 46.8 percent. The two were approximately 2,600 votes apart.
“It’s a tremendous relief, and very exciting,” Arness said. “I am humbled to be selected as the (Republican) nominee and quite honored to serve the people of the Fifth District if elected.”
He said he had been campaigning across five counties for a full year, reaching over 3,000 voters through door knocks and personally calling thousands more. He also held two telephone town hall meetings.
“I ran a grassroots campaign and I think that personal contact was very important,” Arness said.
Arness faces a tough challenge in the general election this November. Hoyer has been in Congress since 1981 and serves in the Democratic Party leadership as the House Minority Whip.
But Arness says he believes strong voter turnout in that race can put him on top.
“Realistically, I understand it is very difficult to unseat an entrenched incumbent. That’s very much an uphill climb. But the voters have shown great interest in this election,” he said. “When voters come to the polls, that’s when it can happen.”