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By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
Topic - C. Anthony Muse
When Maryland leaders redrew the state's congressional map last year to give Democrats a better shot at winning the long-conservative 6th District, observers predicted it would yield the state's most competitive race of the 2012 election season.
Maryland state Sen. C. Anthony Muse announced Thursday he will challenge U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin in the state Democratic primaries, giving the incumbent perhaps his most formidable opposition of this year's election cycle.
Black voters and lawmakers in Maryland said Thursday that a proposed state-level redistricting map provides too few majority-black districts and would lead to continued underrepresentation of minorities in the General Assembly.
The Maryland House of Delegates will begin debate Wednesday on Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed congressional-redistricting plan, after the Senate easily approved the plan Tuesday.
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"The richest and wealthiest empire in Prince George's County is now in the lead for this," said Mr. Muse, Prince George's Democrat, in February. "It wasn't done fairly, it's not done rightly, and if it has to wait a year or two, we've survived this long without it."
"People don't want the same old, same old," Mr. Muse said. "The fact that [incumbents] only show up at election time has been a major theme."