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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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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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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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Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says he is going to run for a seat on congress after his defeat by Republican Governor Larry Hogan in last year’s November elections.

The Maryland Democrat will seek Representative Donna Edwards’ seat who has decided to run for U.S. Senate now that Barbara Mikulski has announced her retirement next year.

Brown said that he believed he still had something to give to back to his community.

The district sits next to Washington D.C. and includes a portion of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

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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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and Gov. Martin O'Malley will meet with the owner and employees of a Catonsville cafe for a minimum wage rally.

The rally starts at 1 p.m. Thursday at Atwater's, a bakery and cafe. The owner, Ned Atwater, pays employees more than the current minimum wage of $7.25, according to a news release from a group advocating a minimum wage hike.

The group expects a turnout of more than 50 minimum wage supporters.

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At least one Maryland Congressional member has her sights set on Mars.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown wants to increase the number of applications to a federally funded health insurance program run by the state.

     Brown will kick off the second anniversary of the federal Affordable Care Act on Monday with a marketing campaign designed to enhance participation in the Maryland Health Insurance Plan.

     MHIP is a state and federally funded plan for people who cannot qualify for health insurance because they have a pre-existing condition.