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Van Hollen, Edwards head toward 2016 primary
Van Hollen, Edwards head toward 2016 primary

Rep. Chris Van Hollen secured the endorsement of several Montgomery County officials in his campaign for Senate on Monday and dismissed a pair of national liberal groups that are calling for Rep. Donna F. Edwards to enter the race. Van Hollen, the only candidate so far to declare he is running for the seat long held by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, called himself an "effective progressive" in Congress, and said he welcomed a discussion on his record "with anybody who chooses to throw their hat into the ring." Mikulski announced her retirement last week, and Van Hollen, 56, has moved faster than any other politician in the state to line up support for his campaign. On...

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