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C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Ruppersberger won't run for Senate

Ruppersberger won't run for Senate

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger said Tuesday he will run for reelection rather than seek the Democratic nomination for Senate in Maryland, all but assuring his party will not have a Baltimore-based candidate in the race for Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's seat next year.

Ruppersberger, a Baltimore County lawmaker and member of the House Appropriations Committee, has long flirted with a statewide run for office -- including for governor last year and, more recently, Senate. But Ruppersberger said in a statement Tuesday that he could be more effective in the House. 

"After thoughtful and prayerful consideration, I have decided that I can best serve the state and my district...