The city of Baltimore as well as the state of Maryland and the nation are grappling with the sudden death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.
The 68-year-old died Thursday from complications of long-term health problems.
But the question remains: What happens when a seated member of the U.S. Congress dies in the middle of their term?
There will be a special election. Gov. Larry Hogan has 10 days to issue a proclamation announcing a special primary election and a special general election will be held to fill the vacancy.
The special primary election is held on a Tuesday at least 65 days after the proclamation was released.
Gov. Hogan has yet to announce the special election.
Source: CBS Baltimore
Radio One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes Speaks on Rep. Cummings' Death
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2/2 After we pause to reflect on @RepCummings immense legacy, the greatest tribute we can make is to commit ourselves to the work and the people he cared so deeply about. We send our love and condolences to his loving wife, Maya, and his staff, constituents, family and friends.— Nick J. Mosby (@Nick_Mosby) October 17, 2019
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Congressman Cummings believed in the power of government to improve lives, and he was a champion for those who needed a strong voice for them in Washington. He dedicated his life to the people of the Baltimore region, and we are better for his service. May he Rest In Peace.— County Executive Johnny Olszewski (@BaltCoExec) October 17, 2019
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Like all of Baltimore and Maryland, we are saddened by the passing of the Honorable Elijah Cummings, a champion for our city and our state. pic.twitter.com/QOlfZ4Dga8— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 17, 2019
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This morning Bro. Congressman Elijah Cummings took flight to eternal rest. I will forever be inspired by his commitment to service for the city of Baltimore and the entire country! May he Rest In Peace, for his works do follow him.— Tony Donaldson Jr. (@TonyDonaldsonJr) October 17, 2019
Culture for Service, Service for Humanity pic.twitter.com/dcL3KPDBoI
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We join Baltimore, Maryland and the nation as we mourn the loss of Cong. Elijah Cummings. He was an advocate, a patriot and a friend. Here are a few memories from the 2016 MGG Symposium. @JohnsHopkinsDOM @HopkinsMedNews @medgreatergood @MERIT_Baltimore @HopkinsBayview pic.twitter.com/JmKu4YPKFj— Johns Hopkins CIM (@Hopkins_CIM) October 17, 2019
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As we join 50+ young leaders today to hear about what they & Baltimore City’s nearly 200k youth—need to thrive, we honor U.S. Rep Elijah Cummings, who started his lifelong journey as leader, advocate for social justice & champion for Baltimore’s children as a young person himself pic.twitter.com/3z5ovJDrIF— Mayor's Office of Children and Family Success (@bmorechildren) October 17, 2019
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