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** FILE ** Maryland State Sen. E.J. Pipkin, a Republican whose district includes parts of four Eastern Shore counties, talks during the Senate session at the statehouse in Annapolis, Md., in this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 file photo. Pipkin issued a news release Wednesday Nov. 28, 2007, saying he will be making a "major announcement" about his political future in Maryland on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)

** FILE ** Maryland State Sen. E.J. Pipkin, a Republican whose district includes parts of four Eastern Shore counties, talks during the Senate session at the statehouse in Annapolis, Md., in this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 file photo. Pipkin issued a news release Wednesday Nov. 28, 2007, saying he will be making a "major announcement" about his political future in Maryland on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)

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