With the presidential race reaching the time of actual voting and the Baltimore mayor’s race reaching the time of actual campaigning, it might be easy to let Maryland’s other big race slide under the rug. The race for the seat formerly held by U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski is set to come into focus after one potential contender decided against a run.
According to Roll Call, Congressman Elijah Cummings is opting to run once again for his seat in the House rather than try to get into the World’s Most Exclusive Club.
“I believe that I can best serve the people of our city, our state and our nation by continuing my work in Congress, by continuing to touch people in every part of our great nation, and by leading an united effort to elect progressives across the board – rather than by focusing upon one single Senate race,” he said in a statement.
The West Baltimore resident was among the first potential successors named after Mikulski announced she was stepping down. His national profile has only risen since then with his leadership during the riots that followed Freddie Gray’s funeral, and his role on the House Oversight Committee that put him in a place to tangle with Martin Shkreli and Republicans grilling Hillary Clinton about Benghazi. And he even hired a fundraiser who was known to help Senate candidates.
But in the end he opted not to run, formally filing on Tuesday with the state’s Board of Elections. That leaves fellow Congresspeople Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards as the top candidates in the race.
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