Arkoosh would become the third elected Democrat in an election drawing intense interest from both parties — even though it’s more than 18 months away. She will enter a growing Democratic field that already includes Lt. Gov.
Arkoosh has long been eyeing the
Despite the early maneuvers, it could be months before the contours of the race solidify. Several House members are considering running, and they face different political dynamics and timelines to decide.
Political insiders are closely watching signals from
Unlike in 2016, major Democratic groups in
DC Groups Laying low
The last time
This year, they’re taking a more hands-off approach, according to three
Other national groups, including Democrats’ national
While Fetterman and Kenyatta jumped in early,
Fetterman, Kenyatta and Arkoosh need to fill their coffers from scratch. Fetterman made early inroads, raising more than
House members also have more at risk: If they run for
Houlahan or Lamb, who captured a
Dean drew attention with a prominent role in the second impeachment of former President
Some longtime establishment
Of course, it’s early to see such activity. McGinty didn’t join the 2016 race until
House members weighing a
Every 10 years, states are required to redraw their congressional maps to account for population changes, and those shifts can drastically change a given district. The
That uncertainty poses a challenge to Lamb. If his competitive district remains winnable for
He may have to decide before knowing his district’s makeup.
Houlahan may face a similar dilemma in her
Next spring’s Democratic primary could draw as many as four candidates from
That’s one reason why Democratic officials and strategists see Arkoosh, the chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners, as a formidable contender.
The 60-year-old former physician from
Arkoosh has already tapped key personnel for her campaign, including pollster
Uncertainty on the right
There’s less clarity on the Republican side — and fewer names in the mix so far.
Bartos is the only well-known declared candidate.
And while former President
Many expected a
Costello, who chose not to run for reelection after his House district was redrawn in 2018, has more than
So far, however, more
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