Following the untimely death of Representative Elijah Cummings, federal law specifies that Governor Larry Hogan must announce, within ten days, both a special primary and a special general election for the vacant seat in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. The primary will follow at least 65 days after the issuance of Governor Hogan’s proclamation. The general election will follow at least 65 days after the primary.

Two Maryland Republicans had already declared their candidacy for the seat: William T. Newton and Reba Hawkins. Additional candidates may still file. The Republican Central Committee will post updates and deadlines after Governor Hogan’s statement is issued.