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Republicans Dream of Mikulski's Senate Seat; Democrats Aren't Worried

Maryland Republicans say Hogan laid a path to victory for future Republican candidates in his bright blue state. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images File Photo)

A Republican has not represented Maryland in the Senate since 1987, the end of the late liberal Republican Sen. Charles Mathias’ three-term tenure.  

But this time around, in the race for the same seat Mathias held until it was snagged by Democrat Barbara A. Mikulski three decades ago, some Republicans feel buoyed by the surprising victory of one of their own, Larry Hogan, in the 2014 governor's race. “You’ve got to get a record number of crossover independents to be with you. Larry Hogan provided a great roadmap for that," said Chrys Kefalas, a Republican who announced his candidacy for Senate this week after several months of fundraising and meeting with voters across the Free State. “I don’t think anyone else running for the Republican nomination can build a coalition for November.”  

Baltimore Democrats Say Cummings Won't Enter Senate Race

Van Hollen secured endorsements from a region with primary votes ripe for picking. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)


Two prominent Baltimore Democrats who endorsed Rep. Chris Van Hollen on Monday said their hometown congressman, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, told them he's not getting into the race to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.  

Maryland's Political Clout Rests in Elijah Cummings' Senate Decision

Cummings is considering a possible Senate campaign next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Democratic Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen carry on with their own campaigns for Maryland's open seat in the Senate, they are looking over their shoulders to see if Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will walk into the room and shake up their primary.  

If Cummings were to enter the contest to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, he would start with a serious lead which is buoyed, in part, by his large profile, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll conducted earlier this month .  

Edwards Touts Poll Showing Lead Over Van Hollen

Edwards claims a 5-point advantage over Van Hollen in Maryland's competitive Democratic Senate primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While her Maryland Senate campaign has yet to gain steam in the race for cash, Rep. Donna Edwards wants voters there to know she is leading her fellow Democratic candidate, Rep Chris Van Hollen, in a newly released poll.  

On Monday, the Edwards campaign unveiled internal polling it commissioned from the Global Strategy Group that showed her with a 5-point lead over Van Hollen.  

Two Democrats Get J Street Help in Maryland Senate Race

Edwards and Van Hollen are running for Senate in 2016. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly File Photo)

Ever since the major Democratic contest between Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen began for Maryland’s open Senate seat, both campaigns have been wondering who the major liberal Jewish lobby organization J Street would end up helping in the race.  

On Wednesday, they got their answer: Both.  

Will a Candidate Emerge From Baltimore in Maryland Senate Primary?

Ruppersberger is a Baltimore Democrat mulling a campaign for U.S. Senate in Maryland. (File Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

While two candidates from the D.C. suburbs are running for the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s open U.S. Senate seat, no candidate has emerged from Baltimore.  

Democratic Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen have already begun their fight to grab retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski’s seat. But members of the state’s congressional delegation from Baltimore are still quietly considering whether there is a path to victory for a candidate such as them to run as a voice for the state's less affluent urban core against those from the wealthy suburbs.  

Edwards Shakes Off Van Hollen's Outside Money Pledge

Edwards is competing against Van Hollen in Maryland's competitive Democratic primary. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

On the heels of a fundraising quarter during which she was seriously out-raised by her Democratic rival, Rep. Donna Edwards said Thursday she disagreed with a proposal offered by Rep. Chris Van Hollen to try to keep outside money out of their race to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.  

Van Hollen’s campaign manager emailed Edwards' campaign manager Thursday morning asking her to join Van Hollen in signing the “Free State Pledge,” a proposal that would require the two campaigns to pay 50 percent of the cost of an outside-financed advertising buy to a charity of the opposing candidate’s choice.  

Van Hollen Raises $1.5 Million in Second Quarter

Van Hollen flexed his fundraising muscle. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Chris Van Hollen raised $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2015, more than double the amount taken in by Rep. Donna Edwards in their campaigns for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in Maryland.  

Edwards' campaign announced on July 3 that it raised $590,000 in its first full quarter with new campaign manager Garrick Delzell from EMILY's List.  

Edwards Releases Senate Fundraising Totals

Edwards and Van Hollen are running for Senate in 2016. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Donna Edwards' Senate campaign said Friday the Democrat raised $590,000 in the second quarter — ending the first half of the year with less than $1 million in the bank for her primary race for the open Maryland Senate seat.  

The campaign said the $924,000 raised year-to-date comes from more than 10,000 donors.