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Paul Sarbanes
Money race heating up in Md. political contests
Money race heating up in Md. political contests

The field of candidates planning to run for House and Senate contests in Maryland is not yet set, but the race for campaign cash is well under way. Candidates — mostly Democrats, to date — are making pitches to donors and organizing fundraisers for at least three contests following Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's decision to retire in 2017. The potential for crowded primaries in those races has forced an intense early fundraising effort. "They've been at it for a number of weeks," said Annapolis lobbyist Bruce Bereano, a longtime observer of Maryland politics. "People are getting phone calls and being solicited." The average cost of a winning Senate...