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“First of all, I’m a Democrat,” Ms. Edwards said. “We might seem to have the same goals but they’re completely different. I assure you that.”

Maryland’s congressional delegation is composed of six Democrats and two Republicans. The other GOP congressman is Rep. Andy Harris, who represents the 1st District.

The new map removes a section of upper Montgomery County in Ms. Edwards‘ district and replaces it with part of Anne Arundel County.

Ms. Edwards dismissed speculation that her bigger concern was that the map could put her re-election efforts in jeopardy.

“I fully expect a primary opponent,” she said. “That’s not what this is about.”