The deadline for candidates to file for the February Primary to fill the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings' seat is just five days away.

Friday morning one of the candidates, who had announced his bid right after the congressman's funeral last month, filed the paperwork and is officially on the ballot.

Baltimore City Delegate and House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch is filing his paperwork with the Board of Elections in Annapolis.

Another announced candidate is Kweisi Mfume, a former NAACP president, and Cummings predecessor in Congress. He is expected to file his paperwork soon, according to an aide.

There are now 11 Democrats and three Republicans who have filed to be on the ballot.

One of the Democrats, is the congressman's widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, who today is going ahead with a scheduled double mastectomy and will be off the campaign trail for two to four weeks.

Another Democrat is Harry Spikes, a former aide to Cummings.

Former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, who had been considering a run, told the Baltimore Sun Thursday that she will not run for the seat.

Baltimore City State Senator Jill Carter, who has formed an exploratory committee, is expected to kick off her campaign next week.

A fourth Republican is expected to file her paperwork ahead of the deadline.

She is Kimberly Klacik, the Republican committeewoman from Baltimore County, whose online videos from a Baltimore City neighborhood in Cummings' district led to President Trump's Twitter attack of Cummings and Baltimore in July.

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Special Primary election is Feb. 4. The Special General Election is April 28, the day of the 2020 Primary

Election. Candidates on the ballot will be seeking a full two-year term for the 7th District seat, which includes parts of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County.

According to the latest voter registration figures from the state, Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 4-to-1 ratio.