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Wynn-Edwards Race Gets Hot--Now With Video

The U.S. Senate race was the headliner at last night's political forum sponsored by the Prince George's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

But it turned out that the big show (see video) came before and after that somewhat tepid discussion.

The police were called to the Prince George's County Community College before the Senate debate began, when a member of Rep. Albert R. Wynn's team allegedly hit a volunteer for Donna Edwards' campaign. Edwards, who is challenging Wynn in the Democratic primary for his seat in the 4th Congressional district, said her campaign worker was bleeding with a gash on his forehead.

The gloves really came off when Edwards and Wynn took the stage.

Edwards, who is considered the first credible challenger to face the seven-term incumbent in the District that includes parts of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, pounded Wynn on his votes to authorize the use of force in Iraq, to repeal the estate tax and to reform bankruptcy laws.

"As long as he chooses to vote lock step with the Republicans we will not have health care," Edwards said in response to whether she supports affordable health care system.

Edwards' supporters, a sizable crowd, cheered.

Even Gus Alzona, a Republican candidate who shared the stage with Wynn and Edwards, couldn't resist commenting.

"That's a tough act to follow," said Alzona, who is running for the 8th Congressional district. "I'm glad she's not my opponent."

Ovetta Wiggins

By Phyllis Jordan  |  August 17, 2006; 1:07 PM ET
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