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For the first time in 43 years the Maryland congressional delegate could be absent any women in its ranks.

Senator Barbara Mikulski is retiring this year congressman Chris Van Hollen has won the Democratic nomination to succeed her in a heavily blue state.

Ironically, he defeated the only other woman in the delegation Representative Donna Edwards who sought the Democratic senatorial nomination.

In addition, Van Hollen will have competition from the Republican standard bearer Kathy Szeliga for the senate seat.  

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Voter turnout in Maryland is expected to be heavier than normal, because the nominations for president haven't yet been determined.

Adding to voter interest, a high-profile U.S. Senate race is being decided Tuesday. There are also two strongly contested U.S. House primaries.

In the Senate race, Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards have been battling in a contentious Democratic primary, as Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires at the end of her term.Both candidates represent

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BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards' campaign says Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby will endorse Edwards in the Democratic primary for Senate.

The campaign said in a news release that Mosby, who is prosecuting six police officers in the death a year ago of Freddie Gray, will announce her endorsement Tuesday at the Edwards campaign's Baltimore office.

Edwards and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen are the front-runners for a rarely open Senate seat when Sen. Barbara Mikulski retires at the end of her term.

Maryland's primary is April 26.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.(AP) A political action committee that supports Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards' Senate bid has agreed to remove President Barack Obama's image and statement from a gun control ad.

The ad shows Obama tearing up while talking about Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The television ad says Chris Van Hollen supported a campaign finance disclosure bill that didn't include the National Rifle Association.

The ad also says the congressman met with NRA lobbyists to put a loophole in the bill to exempt them, while Edwards stood up to the gun lobby.

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CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards is scheduled to talk about her Senate bid before the Kent County Democratic Club.

Edwards is giving the address in Chestertown on Thursday.

She is set to talk about protecting and expanding Social Security and Medicare, battling gun violence and making sure women receive equal pay for equal work.

Edwards is a Democrat who represents parts of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties. She is running to succeed Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring at the end of her term.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Rep. Chris Van Hollen is sponsoring a measure to put a statue of abolitionist Harriet Tubman at the U.S. Capitol.

The Maryland Democrat is making the announcement Thursday on Harriet Tubman Day, the anniversary of her death in 1913.

In 2012, Maryland lawmakers formed a panel to find an artist and pay for a statue to donate. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate committee will be holding a hearing on gun-control measures.
    
U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen is scheduled to testify Wednesday in favor of a bill to ban guns on college campuses.
    
Van Hollen, a Democrat, also supports a bill to prevent people on the FBI Terrorist Watchlist from buying firearms.
    
He also supports a measure requiring judges to inform people found guilty of domestic violence to turn in their firearms to law enforcement or an authorized gun dealer.
    

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The Washington Post is endorsing Rep. Chris Van Hollen, saying he has the "potential to be a very good senator."
    
The Post's editorial board endorsed Van Hollen in Monday's newspaper, calling him a "talented successor" to Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who announced last year that she wouldn't seek re-election. The primary is set for April 26.
    

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A new poll shows that U.S. Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards are very close in the number of people likely to vote in Maryland's Democratic primary in April.

Van Hollen, who represents Maryland's 8th District, got was favored by 38 percent of likely voters in the primary. Edwards, who represents the 4th District, got 36 percent. Twenty-four percent were undecided, according to the Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies poll released early Tuesday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is urging Gov. Larry Hogan to "explore every possible state action" to stop gun sales to dangerous individuals, particularly those on the FBI Terrorist Watchlist.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, sent a letter to the Republican governor Thursday. He noted that Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat, is pursuing a ban on gun sales to those on federal no-fly watch lists.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland is among 24 states working toward a standardized system of government-funded behavioral health care.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen said tuesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Maryland about $982,000 to develop a plan for certified community behavioral health clinics.

After the plans are competed next year, the federal agency will fund demonstration programs in a as many as eight states.

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Governor Larry Hogan had been scheduled to speak at the Maryland Municipal League Convention in Ocean City today.

But while he won’t be there because of the chemotherapy he is undergoing for cancer the Maryland Republican was not forgotten.

At the convention hundreds of local and state officials signed a huge get well card set up by the entrance into the convention center.

In addition, WBOC reports that green wrist bands were handed out imprinted with words such as survivor, faith and hope.

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FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (AP) - Rep. Donna Edwards has been endorsed by seven members of the Prince George's County Council in her bid to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

The endorsements were announced Wednesday in Fort Washington.

The endorsements came from Mel Franklin, Derrick Davis, Danielle Glaros, Andrea Harrison, Mary Lehman, Obie Patterson and Karen Toles.

Earlier this week, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun endorsed Edwards.

Edwards is running against Rep. Chris Van Hollen for the Democratic nomination to run for Mikulski's seat.

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KENSINGTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen has been endorsed by Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner in his bid to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

The endorsement was announced Thursday.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, also was endorsed by former Rep. Beverly Byron, as well as Democratic members of the Frederick County Council.

Van Hollen already has received endorsements from Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.

He also has been endorsed by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker.

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen's campaign says Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker will endorse Hollen for U.S. Senate.

Baker is expected to announce his endorsement Wednesday at a news conference Wednesday in Colmar Manor.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, is running for the Senate seat currently held by Barbara Mikulski, who will retire. He has raised more than $1 million for his campaign.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is flexing his fundraising muscles.

The Democratic congressman reported Wednesday that he has raised more than $1 million in the four weeks since Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced she won't seek re-election in 2016. Maryland's primary is set for April of next year.

Van Hollen is reporting that he raised more than $1.15 million in the first quarter of 2015. That brings his cash-in-hand total to more than $2.5 million.

Van Hollen was quick to announce his candidacy for the Senate seat.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A state delegate who represents parts of Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties is the latest candidate to announce a bid for Congress in Maryland's 4th District.

Democratic Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk told The Associated Press in an email on Sunday that she plans to run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Donna Edwards. A formal announcement is expected on Tuesday.

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With Senator Barbara Mikulski’s retirement the political scramble is on and Representative Chris Van Hollen says he will be running for her seat in 2016.

Van Hollen, who has been a key leader in the House Democratic leadership has nearly $1.7 million in campaign funds on hand.

The Maryland Democrat announced his plans in an email to supporters Wednesday. His email was sent two days after Mikulski announced she would not run for re-election in 2016.

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She has become a legend on Capitol Hill as the longest serving woman in congress.

But yesterday Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that she would not seek a sixth term next year.

The Maryland Democrat told reporters that the decision was a hard one but noted that she would still have nearly two more years before giving up the long held post.

During that time she said she wanted to give her constituents 120 percent of her time.

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Eastern Shore Republican Andy Harris says he is against extending emergency unemployment insurance without a job creation plan.

Congressman Harris told the Capital News Service that he would favor a project like the Keystone pipeline that would transport crude oil from Canada and the northern U.S. to Texas.     

Meanwhile, Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen is pushing for an extension of jobless benefits and paying for them with cuts in agriculture subsidies.

The long term unemployment benefits ran out in late December affecting around 23-thousand Marylanders.