BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Kweisi Mfume won the Democratic nomination primary for the 7th Congressional District on Tuesday for a full term in the U.S. House seat once held by Elijah Cummings.

The win positions him for a general election run in November for the seat he held for five terms from 1987 to 1996 before joining the NAACP as its chairman. Mfume easily won the seat in a special general election in April, after Cummings’ death in 2019.

Mfume prevailed Tuesday in a crowded primary in an election held mostly by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic. He defeated nearly 20 candidates, including Cummings’ widow, in a majority-black district that includes parts of Baltimore and its suburbs. Democrats hold more than a 4-1 edge on Republicans in the 7th Congressional District.

The primary was delayed from April 28 because of the pandemic.

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