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The Closer

We could be mistaken, but it seems as if former U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D) has been relatively quiet this election season.

She recently cut a brief video endorsing state Senate candidate Sarah Elfreth (D) in Anne Arundel County, and spoke Monday at a star-studded groundbreaking ceremony for a mixed-use development next to the Food and Drug Administration facility in White Oak. But otherwise, we have not heard much from her.

That’s about to change.

Mikulski is scheduled to appear at a sign-waving event Wednesday afternoon with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Benjamin T. Jealous at the corner of Liberty Heights Avenue and Reisterstown Road in Baltimore. From there she’ll move on to a pre-early voting meeting with community leaders at the Fresh Market at Quarry Lake with U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D), who is up for reelection, and John A. “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr., the Democratic nominee for Baltimore County executive.

On Nov. 3, Mikulski is scheduled to headline a get-out-the-vote event for the District 30 Democratic team in Anne Arundel County, which includes Elfreth and House Speaker Michael E. Busch. No doubt other events will be added to Mikulski’s schedule.

Republicans across the state are banking on the popularity of Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. to boost their candidates up and down the ballot, so it seems only fitting that Democrats are turning to Mikulski — who would likely continue to win popularity contests if she were included in Maryland polls.

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