There are two other national races of interest this year. Barbara Mikulski chose not to run for her Senate seat. There are plenty of candidates on this ballot with 14 Republicans, 10 Democrats and a handful of independents filing for the job, but the real race will be decided in the Democratic primary. Our own representative, Chris Van Hollen, D-District 8, is in a dead heat with Rep. Donna Edwards. The race to fill the 8th District seat previously occupied by Van Hollen as I previously noted is also very close on the Democratic side.