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Scott P. Brown

Mikulski's retirement creates rare opening in Md.

Mikulski's retirement creates rare opening in Md.

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's startling announcement Monday that she will not seek re-election in 2016 after more than four decades in elected office set off a political free-for-all as Maryland's most powerful politicians began to position themselves for the opportunity to run for a rare open seat. Just hours after the dean of Maryland's congressional delegation shared her decision at an emotional news conference at Henderson's Wharf in Fells Point, several Democrats said they are considering a run for the seat, and many more declined to rule one out — setting up the possibility of a bruising primary that will be among the most closely watched in the nation. ...