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Raskin Hopes Grass Roots Will Grow to Maryland House Win

Raskin, far right, listens as then-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at a news conference in Annapolis after the Maryland General Assembly approved a measure to ban capital punishment in March 2013. (Patrick Semansky/AP File Photo)

Jamie Raskin defeated a 32-year incumbent in his first race for the Maryland state Senate in 2006. Now he faces the same tall odds as one of eight candidates running to succeed Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who’s giving up his 8 th District seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

 “I go in with great optimism of the will,” Raskin, the state Senate majority whip, told CQ Roll Call recently.

Six Female Representatives Endorse Matthews in Maryland

Matthews is running for Rep. Chris Van Hollen's open seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kathleen Matthews on Monday announced support from a half dozen Democratic congresswomen for her campaign in Maryland’s open 8th District seat.  

The lawmakers – Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass.; Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.; Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif.; Lois Frankel, D-Fla.; and Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H. – will headline a fundraiser for Matthews on Tuesday evening, her campaign said.   Matthews, a former local television reporter who also led public affairs for Marriott International, is using the endorsements to appeal to women in a large primary field to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen. She and Maryland Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez and four men are running in the Democratic primary.