The Democrats are looking to

The Democrats are looking to pick up a second congressional seat in Maryland. In addition to the Eighth District seat held by Connie Morella, the Dems hope to pick up the Second District, which includes some of Baltimore and surrounding areas. The Republican candidate is tough 78 year old Helen Bentley, who represented the district until 1994 when she ran unsuccessfully for Governor. The Democrats are running Dutch Ruppersberger, a popular state legislator. The Democrats lead the Republicans in registered voters, but the district is fairly conservative and usually votes Republican. The race has been low-key and the parties have not poured money into it, probably because both consider Morella more vulnerable than Bentley. According to this story from the Baltimore Sun, Bentley held a slight lead in early October that did not exceed the margin of error.