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Mikulski at ease with decision, record in Senate
Mikulski at ease with decision, record in Senate

Like most everyone else in Maryland, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski was all but certain that she would run for another term. At the end of last year, after helping settle a battle in Congress over funding the government, the popular Democrat began to think about hiring a campaign manager. In January, she joined President Barack Obama at a cafe in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore for a photo op. It was a signal, some believed, that she was preparing to run. But then Mikulski, 78, began to think about life beyond 2016. "I thought, 'Well, what happens if I do win?' And that was a different kind of question," she said. "Continuing to do it for eight years, at this...