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Maryland Democrats begin to line up for competitive congressional district — just in case

Maryland Democrats begin to line up for competitive congressional district — just in case

Democratic Rep. John Delaney's flirtation with next year's governors race has inspired an early shadow primary in the state's westernmost congressional district, where a half dozen prominent Democrats are expressing an interest in his seat.

The wealthy former banker, in his third term representing the Montgomery County-based 6th Congressional District, has said he will make a decision about the governor's race in late June. If he runs, it would likely set up a bruising primary in 2018 for a rare open Maryland congressional seat.

An opening would also offer Maryland Republicans their best opportunity to pick up a second seat in the state's congressional delegation. State GOP...

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