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Peter Franchot
Geography will play a role in Md. Senate race
Geography will play a role in Md. Senate race

The first U.S. senator elected directly by voters was a Silver Spring attorney named Blair Lee, who won a special election in 1913, months after the 17th Amendment changed the way candidates were selected for the Senate. Lee, it turns out, was also the last senator in Maryland to come from the Washington suburbs. Baltimore's metro area has dominated statewide politics in Maryland for more than a century. But the 2016 race to succeed Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski comes after decades of demographic forces have shifted the political center away from the state's largest city and toward Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Though the field of candidates remains uncertain...