Coons beats back progressive Senate primary challenger in Delaware

Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsBiden promises Democratic senators help in battleground states Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep 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 EngelHouse panel halts contempt proceedings against Pompeo after documents turned over Engel subpoenas US global media chief Michael Pack The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep MORE in New York. 

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The senator now joins a number of Democratic incumbents who have survived similar challenges, including House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealRep. Cedric Richmond set to join House Ways and Means Committee Coons beats back progressive Senate primary challenger in Delaware Pelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief MORE (D-Mass.) and House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse Democrats postpone vote on marijuana decriminalization bill Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep MORE (D-Md.).

A close confidant of Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg What Senate Republicans have said about election-year Supreme Court vacancies Biden says Ginsburg successor should be picked by candidate who wins on Nov. 3 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.