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Independent candidate Neal Simon’s longshot run for the U.S. Senate came up short Tuesday. Very short.

With 97 percent of the vote counted, Simon had received 3.8 percent of the vote statewide and the same percentage in Montgomery County. Incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin was re-elected by an overwhelming margin, receiving 63.9 percent of the vote statewide to Republican Tony Campbell’s 31.2 percent.

In Montgomery County, Cardin led Campbell by 76.9 percent to 18.8 percent.

Simon, who lives in Potomac and runs a financial services firm in Rockville, criticized Cardin during the campaign for being hyper-partisan, and told voters that he would work with Democrats and Republicans to move the country forward.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who was re-elected Tuesday, recently told Simon that he had voted for him.

Simon told supporters in Rockville on Tuesday night that “We didn’t win this time. But real change can be like chipping at a dam. You keep knocking down pieces and eventually the river flows through.”


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