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Lisa A Gladden

Cummings decision hangs over Md. Senate race

Cummings decision hangs over Md. Senate race

Ask Rep. Elijah E. Cummings how he views his role in helping Baltimore to heal from the April riots and the Democrat offers the kind of response that has become his trademark. "I see my role as being all up in it," he says confidently. But ask whether he could be more effective at helping the city if he were a member of the Senate than by staying in the Baltimore-based House seat he has occupied for 19 years, and Cummings, 64, shakes his head and responds with uncharacteristic uncertainty: "I don't know." Three months after floating his name as a possible candidate for the Senate seat that will be left vacant by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Cummings has...

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