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Report: Donna Edwards to Announce Senate Bid

Edwards is reportedly running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., will announce a run for Senate Tuesday to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., the Washington Post reported Sunday.

Edwards, the lone woman in Maryland's House delegation, joins a field that already includes her colleague, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who announced his candidacy Wednesday.

"We are on the verge of not having any representation of women in our state in the Senate, and I think that’s pretty compelling, and it’s something that certainly makes me think about it even more," Edwards told CQ Roll Call Wednesday.

A spokesman for Edwards declined to comment on Washington Post's report.

In 2008, Edwards ousted another Democrat, Rep. Albert Wynn, to win her first term with backing from progressive groups. Some of those same groups — Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy For America — have launched petitions to draft Edwards into the Senate race.  

But Edwards could face strong headwinds. Van Hollen had $1.7 million in cash on hand as of the end of 2014, while Edwards kicked off the new year with just $30,000 in her campaign account.  

What's more, Van Hollen's has early support: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid endorsed him Friday. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee communications director Justin Barasky, however, made clear in Friday tweets the committee had not picked a favorite candidate.  

Edwards said Wednesday she had no qualms about running against her House colleagues.  

"Was it a factor to me when I ran for Congress against a seven-term incumbent and every bit of the establishment was against me? Not really," she said, referring to her 2008 run.  

A growing list of Maryland politicos have expressed interest in a Senate bid in the days since Mikulski announced she would not seek another term. Six of the seven Democratic House members have said they are interested in a bid. Van Hollen was the first to formally announce a campaign.  

Edwards' announcement also marks the start of a crowded race for her 4th District House seat. The district is solidly Democratic: Obama won it with 78 percent of the vote in 2012.  

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