Updated: 5:52 p.m. | If you were browsing the Maryland Board of Elections website midday on Monday, you might have thought you'd stumbled upon some news.
For at least a couple hours, the board's official website showed that Rep. Elijah E. Cummings — the Democrat considering joining the competitive Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski — had filed for re-election in the state's 7th District, with just two days to spare until Wednesday night's filing deadline.
But according to an email to Roll Call by Cummings and a Roll Call interview with Jared DeMarinis, the director of candidacy and campaign finance at the board, Cummings did not, in fact, file the paperwork. The website, Cummings said, was "not accurate." DeMarinis said he was not sure how Cummings' name appeared on the website, but its brief appearance there was another twist in the will-he-or-won't-he Maryland Democrats have been considering for several months now about whether the popular lawmaker will shake up the race .
The political blog Maryland Scramble posted a screenshot of Cummings' name on the state's website, and it was independently viewed by Roll Call before it was removed around 2 p.m.
Cummings told Politico , “of course I am,” when asked if he intended to run for re-election, but told Roll Call earlier in the afternoon he has not made a final decision.
Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat with national prominence, has been considering whether to enter the race, which already features two other members of the state's congressional delegation, Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen.
If Cummings were to run, he would likely do so with a major lead over the two other leading Democrats who represent neighboring districts near Washington, D.C.
Polling by newspapers as well as private polls have shown the Democrat who represents about half the state's voting population with a double-digit lead over both Edwards and Van Hollen, who are already in a tight race, where Baltimore is the battleground.