Chelsea Manning Files for US Senate Bid in Maryland

Chelsea Manning speaks at the Nantucket Project's annual gathering in Nantucket, Mass. on Sept. 17. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Chelsea Manning speaks at the Nantucket Project's annual gathering in Nantucket, Mass. on Sept. 17. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. -- Chelsea Manning will run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.

The transgender former Army officer filed her statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. She was convicted of leaking classified information and spent more than six years behind bars.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that Manning will challenge Democrat Ben Cardin. He has served two terms and is an overwhelming favorite to win.

The 30-year-old Manning listed a North Bethesda address in her FEC filing. She is running as a Democrat.

Known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest, Manning came out as transgender after being sentenced. President Barack Obama granted clemency to her before leaving office.

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