The Washington Post found “two Democrats familiar with [Rep. Donna Edwards’s] plans” who told them that the well-courted liberal will announce on Tuesday her intention to run for Barbara Mikulski’s soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat.
Edwards will face Rep. Chris Van Hollen, and likely others, for the Democratic nomination. Van Hollen, a centrist, has already garnered the endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, but that’s apparently not enough to avoid a contested primary race.
Several progressive political action committees were eager to draft Edwards to run for the seat. But her nomination looks like something of a long shot. Van Hollen’s fund raising powers thus far dwarf those of Edwards, and he’s starting with $1.7 million in his campaign fund.
Political columnist Barry Rascovar figures that Edwards’s chances would be aided by a “crowded Democratic primary” assuming she is the only “far-left candidate.”
Maryland Republican Party Executive Director Joe Cluster sees a chance for a Republican to take the seat if the Democratic field grows. He told the Washington Post that he doesn’t expect a Republican to announce their candidacy until it looks likely that they would face a liberal Democrat in the general election.
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