Nancy Jacobs to challenge Dutch Ruppersberger for congressional seat

Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D) has drawn a Republican opponent, as state Sen. Nancy Jacobs (Harford) said Tuesday that she would challenge the veteran Democrat in Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District.

Jacobs, who served in 2011 as Senate minority leader, had been considering other potential campaigns but has instead decided to announce her plan to take on Ruppersberger, according to the Associated Press.

The newly drawn version of the 2nd District mostly hugs the Chesapeake Bay, taking in portions of Baltimore County and Baltimore City as well as slices of Anne Arundel County to the south and Harford County to the north.

Ruppersberger has won reelection with relative ease since first securing the seat in 2002, and the district continues to favor Democrats in 2012, particularly with President Obama atop the ballot to drive turnout.

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