Why It’s Hard for a Baltimorean to Run for U.S. Senate

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Rep. Elijah Cummings
Rep. Elijah Cummings

There is one Baltimorean in the race for Barbara A. Mikulski’s soon-to-be-vacant U.S. senate seat: Republican Chrys Kefalas. So far, no Democrats. And, assuming the seat truly is “Safe Democrat,” that’s where all the action is going to be.

So why has neither Rep. Elijah Cummings nor Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger — both well-known¬†Baltimore Democrats — thrown his hat into the ring yet? Well part of it may have to do with the demographic power of the Maryland’s D.C. suburbs.

As Roll Call pointed out, Baltimore’s population is registering at around 623,000, while the populations of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties total more than 2 million. As Ruppersberger put it, “Half the state is the Washington suburbs.”

So not only do Ruppersberger and Cummings have bank roll problems when compared to the well-heeled Rep. Chris Van Hollen — who definitely is in this race; but that disadvantage grows when you figure that Van Hollen is already well-known in the capital region.

That regional recognition also helps the relatively cash poor Rep. Donna Edwards (just not against Van Hollen).

 

 



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