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Democrats favor rich old white guy to replace Senator Barbara Mikulski

For all the ballyhoo about Barbara Mikulski being the longest serving female U.S. Senator, it seems like Democrats aren’t as “diversity” focused when it comes to her potential successor. Congressman Chris Van Hollen—a rich, white, male, Montgomery County, lawyer—is leading the pack. Van Hollen reportedly has raised more than $1 million in the month since Mikulski announced she wouldn’t be seeking reelection. The Washington Post reports:

In all, Van Hollen will report having $2.5 million on hand when he files his campaign finance disclosure later this month with the Federal Election Commission. The campaign said 75 percent of the money raised during the first quarter came from Maryland donors.

Money isn’t always a deciding factor — Van Hollen beat a better funded primary opponent when he first ran for the House in 2002, for instance. But the large, early figure may give pause to some who are still deciding whether to enter the race.

The only other declared candidate so far, Prince George’s County Rep. Donna F. Edwards, started off the year with about $30,000 in the bank, according to a report filed in January. Edwards has not traditionally been a strong fundraiser, but that could be overcome with help from outside groups like Emily’s List, which endorsed her last month.

Other potential candidates, such as Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and Rep. John Sarbanes of Baltimore County, have competitive war chests. Cummings, for instance, had nearly $900,000 in the bank at the end of last year. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Baltimore County had just over $1 million on hand.

Read more: Van Hollen raises more than $1M since Mikulski announces retirement

When they’re trying to retake ground lost to Republicans apparently they’re not as interested in running “historic” candidates.

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