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U.S. House Committee on Appropriations

Md. lawmakers hitting the road for the midterms

Md. lawmakers hitting the road for the midterms

— With little competition at home, lawmakers from Maryland are traveling farther down the campaign trail this year to influence the midterm elections.

Members of the state's congressional delegation have popped up in North Carolina, California and Virginia in recent weeks to stump for colleagues in the closely fought races that will determine which party controls the Senate in January — and those that will likely set the political tone in Washington for the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency.

The far-flung campaigning is made possible by the state's sleepy congressional contests this year. Few of Maryland's incumbents face...