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Mikulski departure creates trickle-down competition in Md.
Mikulski departure creates trickle-down competition in Md.

The decision by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski to retire in 2016 has created an unexpected contest not only for her coveted seat, but it could put several House districts in play for the first time in more than a decade. Seven of Maryland's eight members of the House of Representatives — six Democrats and one Republican — say they might run for the open seat, a rare opportunity in a state where congressional turnover is far slower than the national average. Because lawmakers cannot run for two seats at once, aiming for the Senate means abandoning a job in the House. Former Gov. Martin O'Malley — a formidable fundraiser with statewide recognition whose entry might...

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