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U.S. Sen. Chris Coons Has a Challenger in Next Year's Delaware Primary

Jessica Scarane plans to run against U.S. Sen. Chris Coons in the Delaware's Democratic primary

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    U.S. Sen. Chris Coons Has a Challenger in Next Year's Delaware Primary
    Getty Images; Courtesy Jessica Scarane for Senate
    Political newcomer Jessica Scarane, right, will challenge Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., for his seat in Congress.

    What to Know

    • Jessica Scarane plans to run against U.S. Sen. Chris Coons in the Delaware's Democratic primary.

    • Scarane's platform is similar to those of more left-leaning Democrats in the U.S. Senate.

    • Coons has served in the U.S. Senate since 2010.

    Delaware's junior U.S. senator will face a primary challenge next year.

    The Delaware State News reported Monday that Jessica Scarane plans to run against U.S. Sen. Chris Coons in the state's Democratic primary.

    Scarane is a Wilmington-based digital strategist who serves as the board president of the nonprofit Girls Inc. The 34-year-old is running on a progressive platform that includes universal health care and tuition-free college.

    Her platform is similar to those of more left-leaning Democrats in the U.S. Senate, such as Elizabeth Warren.

    Coons said in a statement that he's proud to challenge President Donald Trump. But he also said he's someone who works across the aisle to "get done what we can in this environment to make our state and our community stronger."