Maryland state legislator Neil Parrott outscored his opponents in the Republican primary for the state’s 6th congressional district race, winning the party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. David Trone (D-Md.), according to the Maryland primary election results from Tuesday.
The Cook Political Report identifies the 6th Circuit as leaning towards Democracy. However, according to FiveThirtyEight, it became more competitive after the redistribution.
Parrott and other state Republicans sued to overturn the General Assembly’s “extremely partisan” card in favor of Democrats in a court case that ultimately fell in their favor, overturning the card. The district, since represented by Democrats – Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) redesigned the map in 2011 and no longer includes part of the state stretching from the East Coast into a more Democratic area.
Parrott has been a member of the Maryland House of Representatives since 2011 and led the Republican fundraising effort with more than $328,000. His major donors include Daofeng and Angela He, whose foundation focuses on preserving conservative roots, and Huck PAC, a leadership PAC affiliated with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Parrott received almost 64% of the votes in a crowded race with five other competitors. That included Gen Z newcomer Matt Foldi, a former Washington Free Beacon reporter, who received 14.8% of the vote. Foldi served as the Rapid Response Director at the Congressional Leadership Fund, a prominent conservative Super PAC, from 2016-2020. Foldi’s amassed $222,600 made him the only other Republican candidate to rake in a six-figure fundraising total, and his high-profile endorsements from centrist Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) made him one strong competitors. Other Republicans on the ballot included Colt Black, Mariela Roca, Jonathan Jenkins and Robert Poissonier.
“Thank you. See you in November,” Parrott said on twitter in response to the GOP’s congratulations on his success. “We will replace Congressman Trone and be one of the votes required to remove Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as Speaker.”
In addition to being a state legislator, Parrott is also the founder of the Hagerstown Tea Party, as well as the online petition system MDPetitions.com, which brought three referendum measures against same-sex marriage and state tuition to the vote for undocumented students and congressional districts. Voters ultimately declined to overturn all three laws.
Not all Republican candidates with fundraising success in Tuesday’s primary secured a spot in the November election. For gubernatorial nomination Kelly Schultz, the former Secretary of Commerce for Maryland, has outbid state delegate Dan Cox by over $1.1 million. Still, Cox, a state delegate who attended the Stop the Steal rally on Jan. 6, 2021, won the Republican nomination with 56% of the vote after raising only about $417,000.
Cox will be up against author Wes Moore, who was leading with 35% of the vote when NBC News called Friday morning’s race. Moore raised over $4 million and received support from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Kweisi Mfume (MD-7).
CNN reported the GOP gubernatorial primary was a “proxy fight” between former President Donald Trump, who supported Cox, and Hogan, who was timed and supported Schultz. The Democratic Governors Association’s DGA Action Super PAC bolstered Cox by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on Baltimore TV market airtime this month to air ads that, although designed like an attack, raised awareness of Cox, to to motivate potential Republican primary voters.
November won’t be the first time Parrott takes on Trone. The state legislature was the GOP’s choice for the 2020 6th Circuit election, but ultimately lost to Trone, who received nearly 58% of the vote and raised over $2.6 million more than Parrott. During this cycle, Trone invested over $2.5 million of its own money into its campaign, accounting for over 86% of its total donations.
The Democratic congressman is considered one of the “biggest self-payers” in House history, having poured nearly $12 million of his own money into the 2018 primary and over $12.5 million of his $12.7 million in self-financed this election cycle. Trone is a co-owner of Total Wine & More, the largest independent alcoholic beverage retailer in the United States, and has an estimated net worth of over $10.8 million.
In addition to opening its own deep pockets, Trone has received large donations from people associated with wealth management firm EJF Capital and polling firm Hickman Analytics. Trone is supported by the Sierra Club and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, among others.
The Democratic Party’s campaign committee included Trone in its program to protect the incumbent frontline last month. The program aims to support Democrats running in “the most competitive seats.”
“The GOP sees MD-06 as their path to retaking the majority and will spend heavily to make that seat red in November,” the committee said in a statement on its website.