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BALTIMORE (AP) - Chelsea Manning's bid for U.S. Senate threatens to upend the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary.

Political analysts say Manning's high profile will prevent two-term Sen. Ben Cardin from essentially ignoring his primary challenger in the heavily Democratic state.

Cardin won the seat in an open race in 2006 and hasn't faced a serious threat since.

Cardin said Tuesday in Baltimore that he looks forward to a strong campaign featuring Manning or anyone else.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - The Democrat has conceded to the Republican in the race for Virginia's 94th District House seat.

Shelly Simonds used Twitter to announce her concession to Del. David Yancey on Wednesday.

Her concession came more than two months after November's hotly contested election. Her decision followed a recount that she appeared to win by one vote, a court's decision to declare a tie and the drawing of names from a bowl that she lost.

Simonds said she didn't "see any legal pathways forward and I want representation for the 94th district today."

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Democratic voters are making their case for a new election in a tight race that could force a 50-50 split in Virginia's House of Delegates.

They say their disenfranchisement was far from a garden-variety election error.

Republican Bob Thomas beat Democrat Joshua Cole by 73 votes, but elections officials say 147 voters received the wrong ballots.

On Friday, a judge in Alexandria rejected the request for a new election, saying the ballot errors amount to "garden-variety irregularities."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A conservative minister announced he's joining the fight for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine in 2018.

E.W. Jackson announced his campaign Monday on The John Fredericks Show radio program. The lawyer-turned-preacher ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2013.

He joins Corey Stewart, a former state campaign chairman of President Donald Trump, and Del. Nick Freitas, as announced candidates.

HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) - Virginia Del. Nick Freitas has announced his plan to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine in 2018.

Freitas will go up against Corey Stewart - the chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors - for the nomination. Stewart, who has modeled himself after President Donald Trump, ran a primary campaign for governor this year, but narrowly lost the Republican nomination to Ed Gillespie.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county executive has asked the campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama for a refund of a $1,000 donation.

The Capital Gazette reports that Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh confirmed on Wednesday that he had made the donation "a few months ago," and requested a refund via email to Moore's chief of staff, Rich Hobson, on Monday.

Schuh said he waited to make the request as he had expected Moore to drop out of the race in light of the "credible" accusation of sexual misconduct with Alabama teenagers.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats say their major Election Day gains in November have boosted the odds of passing new gun control measures.

Democrats in the swing state swept three statewide offices and picked up at least 15 House seats, nearly erasing Republicans' lead in Virginia's lower chamber. Republicans narrowly lead the Senate.

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STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - A third Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates has filed for a recount.

The House Democratic caucus said in a statement that Joshua Cole made his request in Stafford Circuit Court. Cole lost to Republican Bob Thomas by 82 votes in the Fredericksburg-area 28th District race, where election officials say some voters were given the wrong ballots.

The party says it's also considering further legal action.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats have filed recount requests in two House of Delegates districts, and the challenges could determine partisan control of the chamber following elections that sharply reduced the GOP majority.

Democrats announced Wednesday they have asked for recounts in districts where Republicans hold razor-thin leads. One is in Northern Virginia and the other in Newport News.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous has picked a Democratic Party stalwart as his running mate.

The former NAACP president announced early Wednesday that Democratic Party insider Susan Turnbull was his choice to be lieutenant governor.

Turnbull is a former vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and a former chairwoman of Maryland's Democratic Party. She is veteran community activist who serves on various boards.

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