Coons beats back progressive Senate primary challenger in Delaware

Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Biden rolls out national security team Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks MORE (Del.) became the latest incumbent to hold back a progressive primary challenger on Tuesday with his victory in the Democratic Senate primary.

The Associated Press called the race for Coons at 9:24 p.m. EDT.

Coons faced a challenge from Jessica Scarane, a former nonprofit board member who ran on a number of progressive causes, including "Medicare for All" and the Green New Deal. She was among a number of left-wing candidates who challenged House incumbents in this year's Democratic primaries, though she didn't attract the same amount of attention as others such as Jamaal Bowman, who recently defeated Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelTrump tells GSA that Biden transition can begin Dozens of progressive groups endorse Joaquin Castro for Foreign Affairs chair Castro pledges to term limit himself if elected Foreign Affairs chair MORE in New York. 


The senator now joins a number of Democratic incumbents who have survived similar challenges, including House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealOvernight Health Care: Trump announces two moves aimed at lowering drug prices | Sturgis rally blamed for COVID-19 spread in Minnesota | Stanford faculty condemn Scott Atlas Trump announces two moves aimed at lowering drug prices IRS races to get remaining stimulus checks to low-income households MORE (D-Mass.) and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Hoyer on Trump election challenges: 'I think this borders on treason' Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview MORE (D-Md.).

A close confidant of Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit Protect our world: How the Biden administration can save lives and economies worldwide MORE, Coons went in to Tuesday’s election with a sizable cash advantage that propelled him to victory. Scarane faced less than $200,000 cash on hand heading into the final week, according to fundraising reports.

Coons, the vice chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, was first elected to the Senate in 2010 to replace Biden when he became vice president. He endorsed Biden for president in a video message as part of the final night of this year's Democratic National Convention and leaned heavily on Biden's support during his Senate race in Delaware.