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The Baltimore Sun's Washington correspondent John Fritze takes a look at some of the candidates that might decide to run to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Former Del. Heather R. Mizeur, who gained statewide recognition in Democratic circles last year with a spirited campaign for governor, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

Joanna Belanger, Mizeur's former campaign manager, said the former lawmaker, who has been out of town this week, is talking with the people she needs to consult before mounting such a campaign.

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"She's definitely not ruling it out," Belanger said.

Mizeur, 42, ran third in the Democratic primary for governor, finishing on the heels of then-Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in a race ultimately won by Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown. During that race, Mizeur built a strong base in the liberal wing of the party with a campaign that proposed, among other things, legalization and taxation of marijuana.

Mikulski, 78, announced Monday that she would not seek a sixth term in the Senate in the 2016 election. The race to replace her is expected to attract many candidates of both parties. Former Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is exploring a campaign for president, said Tuesday that he would not be among the Democrats joining the race.

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