2/13/08

SEIU leftists show AFL-CIO who's the boss

Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Md.) is losing overwhelmingly to non-profit executive Donna Edwards in tonight’s primary, and will be the first incumbent headed to defeat this election cycle. With 51 percent of precincts reporting, Edwards leads Wynn by a 22-point margin – 59 to 37 percent. Wynn conceded to Edwards late this evening.

The defeat of the eight-term congressman can be attributed squarely to ideology.

Edwards’ progressive profile – she has been an activist for various liberal causes – played very well among the affluent, well-educated white Democrats in Montgomery County. She is overwhelmingly carrying the county – by an even larger margin than her 25-point victory over Wynn in Montgomery County in 2006.

But even more impressively, she is defeating Wynn in his home base of Prince George’s County by a 12-point margin, suggesting that Edwards’ criticism of his ties to corporate interests and his initial support for the Iraq war resonated throughout the district.

Edwards and her campaign’s allies – including the SEIU, the League of Conservation Voters and EMILY’s List – swarmed the airwaves with anti-Wynn messages, spending over $1 million combined in their advertising blitz.

"Donna Edwards fought the odds and entrenched corporate interests to secure her victory and a better future for the people of Maryland," said EMILY's List president Ellen Malcolm in a statement. "She won because she put the people of her district at the forefront of her campaign and her agenda for Congress."

Meanwhile, Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) is locked in a hotly-contested primary against conservative state senator Andrew Harris, with the race too close-to-call at this point. With 74 percent of the vote counted, Harris is leading Gilchrest 41 to 35 percent.

(cbsnews.com)

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