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In this March 2015 file photo, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., talks at a news conference in Rockville, Md., after announcing endorsements for his candidacy for U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

Md.’s Van Hollen flexes fundraising muscles in U.S. Senate bid

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen is flexing his fundraising muscles.

The Democratic congressman reported Wednesday that he has raised more than $1 million in the four weeks since Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced she won’t seek re-election in 2016. Maryland’s primary is set for April of next year.

Van Hollen is reporting that he raised more than $1.15 million in the first quarter of 2015. That brings his cash-in-hand total to more than $2.5 million.

Van Hollen was quick to announce his candidacy for the Senate seat.

Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards also is seeking the Democratic nomination for the rarely open Senate seat. No word yet on how much Edwards has raised for the race.