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Black woman wins House seat

June 18, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Democratic lawyer and nonprofit executive Donna Edwards won a special election to become Maryland's first black woman elected to Congress.

Edwards beat Republican Peter James in the race to serve the remainder of former U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn's term in Maryland's 4th District. Wynn resigned his office May 31 after losing to Edwards in February's Democratic primary by 22 percentage points.

Edwards and James will face each other again in November's general election.

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