Is Elijah Cummings About to Rock the Maryland Senate Race and Run? If Elijah Cummings were to enter the race for Senate to fill the seat of retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), that would be really bad news for Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), who is already in the race.
“Ashley Martens, who worked for Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) in past campaigns, is now doing fundraising for Cummings. She is organizing a fundraiser next month at a Nationals-Orioles game in Washington, D.C., asking for $1,000 to $5,000 contributions to Cummings’s political action committee,” reported Rachel Weiner in the Washington Post this morning.
Did Edwards chat with Cummings about whether he was interested in running for the Senate after Sen. Mikulski announced her retirement? You can bet that the answer is no. If the hiring of Martens can be seen as Cummings getting ready to run it wouldn’t be that shocking for most people who have been chatting with him over the last few months. He had never ruled it out. Cummings is a very well liked and highly regarded member of the House.
He is currently the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee. Cummings currently has $9178,000 cash-on-hand in his campaign warchest.
Van Hollen raised $1.5 million between April and June 2015 and has $3.5 million in cash on hand. Rep. Edwards raised $590,000 between April and June of 2015 and her year to date total is $924,000.
If Cummings were to win the primary over Edwards and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the Senate would have a total of three Black male members all of whom would be bald. Who knows who might run for Cummings’ seat should it become open but the possibilities are endless and would include members of the state delegation in Maryland, pastors and local civic leaders.