In, Out, or Maybe in Maryland?

MARCH 5, 2-15 — A flurry of Maryland political activity has been unleashed after Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) delivered her semi-surprising retirement announcement earlier this week.

Below is a re-cap of who may enter the Maryland Senate race, according to several public sources and statements from the individuals themselves. Additionally, lists covering California open seat candidates and the two May congressional special elections are also updated.


Democrats Considering
• Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2)
• Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3)
• Rep. Donna Edwards (MD-4)

• Rep. John Delaney (MD-6)
• Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-7)
• Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD-8)
• Anthony Brown – former Lt. Governor; 2014 gubernatorial nominee
• Doug Gansler – former Attorney General; 2015 gubernatorial candidate
• Thomas Perez – US Labor Secretary
• Stephanie Rawlings-Blake – Mayor of Baltimore
• Rushern Baker – Prince Georges County Executive
• Kevin Kamenetz – Baltimore County Executive
• Heather Mizeur – Former state Delegate; 21014 gubernatorial candidate

Republicans Considering
• Boyd Rutherford – Lt. Governor
• Allan Kittleman – Howard County Executive
• Steve Schuh – Anne Arundel County Executive
• Kendel Ehrlich – Former MD First Lady
• Dan Bongino – former US Senate candidate; ex-2014 congressional candidate
• Kathy Szeliga – State Delegate

• Martin O’Malley (D) – former Governor; announced not running
• Dr. Ben Carson (R) – retired neurosurgeon; potential Presidential candidate; announced not running for Senate
• Bob Ehrlich (R) – former Governor
• Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD-1)


• Kamala Harris – Attorney General; announced
• Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28); potential
• Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-34); potential
• Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CA-46); potential
• Louis Caldera – Former US Army Secretary; possible

• Rocky Chavez – State Assemblyman; likely
• Tom Del Beccaro – former State GOP chairman; likely
• Tim Donnelly – former State Assemblyman; ex-gubernatorial candidate; possible
• Steve Poizner – former CA Insurance Commissioner; possible
• Doug Ose – former Congressman; possible

NY-11; Special Election – May 5th
• Dan Donovan (R) – Richmond County District Attorney; nominated
• Vincent Gentile (D) – New York City Councilman; nominated

MS-1; Special Primary Election – May 12th (filing closes March 27th)

• Boyce Adams – Software Company Exec; announced
• Nancy Collins – State Senator; announced
• Trent Kelly – Alcorn County Prosecuting Attorney; announced
• Chip Mills – Itawamba County Prosecuting Attorney; announced
• Quentin Whitwell – former Jackson City Councilman; announced
• Mike Tagert – state Transportation Commissioner; potential
• Merle Flowers – former state Senator; potential
• Henry Ross – former Mayor of Europa; potential
• Reid Nunnelee – Attorney; son of late Rep. Alan Nunnelee; possible
• Todd Wade – Businessman; possible

• Travis Childers – former US Rep; 2014 US Senate nominee; possible

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