A look at Maryland’s 35 previous Democratic U.S. Senate primaries by the numbers suggests Edwards and Van Hollen candidacies are unlikely to deter other 2016 hopefuls.
Chris Gibson announced his retirement more than two months ago, has hundreds of thousands of dollars in his campaign coffers, but his campaign website still asks for donations.
Maryland U.S. Senators have paid their dues in the lower chamber at the fifth highest rate in the nation; a former U.S. Representative has held Mikulski’s seat for 107 of the last 130 years.
Only two failed U.S. Senate nominees from the Keystone State have sought a return to the chamber prior to Sestak – neither were victorious.
None of the eight Indiana U.S. Senators who served longer than Coats left the chamber on their own terms.