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Philip Rucker

Prince George's County lawyer Donna F. Edwards ousted eight-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D) yesterday, as voters seeking change backed her liberal insurgency over one of the state's longest-serving congressmen.

A second long-time incumbent, Eastern Shore Republican Wayne T. Gilchrest, , was trailing more conservative State Sen. Andrew P. Harris, who declared victory shortly after midnight

Both Wynn and Gilchrest had been targeted by aggressive advertisement campaigns, funded in part by unprecedented national spending, to convince voters they had fallen out of step with their districts during long years in Congress.

National labor groups and liberal organizations dumped money into Edwards campaign, hoping to persuade voters that Wynn had fallen out of step with his overwhelmingly Democratic district during his 15 years in Congress.

"The deed is done," Wynn told reporters. "I think the only thing that remains is to support the winner."
Just before midnight, Edwards emerged in front of a cheering crowd of suppoters at a Largo hotel to claim the Democratic nomination.

"Today the voters went to the polls looking for a change, and they went out there looking for new leadership," Edwards told the crowd.

By Philip Rucker  |  February 12, 2008; 10:36 PM ET
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