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Maryland House Whip Talmadge Branch announces 7th District run to replace Cummings

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 14:31:24-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) — A state legislator from Baltimore says he will run for the Maryland congressional seat that is vacant after the death of Elijah Cummings.

Delegate Talmadge Branch said Thursday he will run for the seat.

Branch, a Democrat, is the majority whip in the Maryland House of Delegates. He has been a state legislator since 1995.

State Sen. Jill Carter announced this week she has formed an exploratory committee to consider running for the seat.

Republican Liz Matory has announced she plans to run.

RELATED: Hogan announces special primary and general elections to fill Cummings' Congressional seat

Maryland's 7th Congressional District includes parts of Baltimore and portions of Howard and Baltimore counties.

Governor Larry Hogan has set a special primary election for February 4. The special general election has been scheduled for April 28.

Cummings died October 17 at the age of 68.