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Washington Post Endorses Van Hollen for US Senate

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    FILE - This Dec. 22, 2011 file photo shows Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican leaders say the government can raise tax �revenue� without raising tax �rates." But how? If Congress reduces itemized deductions, many Americans will still pay more taxes. This politically tricky tradeoff is about to take center stage in negotiations over averting a national "fiscal cliff." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    The Washington Post is endorsing Rep. Chris Van Hollen, saying he has the "potential to be a very good senator.''

    The Post's editorial board endorsed Van Hollen in Monday's newspaper, calling him a "talented successor'' to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who announced last year that she wouldn't seek re-election. The primary is set for April 26.

    The Post says Van Hollen and his rival, Rep. Donna Edwards, are both qualified, but it deems Van Hollen the "better candidate,'' who "could contribute meaningfully to breaking Washington's legislative logjam.''

    Van Hollen, who was elected to the House in 2002, represents Maryland's 8th District, which includes Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties. The Post notes that Van Hollen ascended quickly through Democratic leadership, becoming the party's senior member of the Budget Committee.