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Mark Warner Already 'Battered and Bruised'

Tim Craig

Mark Warner's campaign for the U.S. Senate is only three days old and he is already battered and bruised - literally.

On Saturday, Warner held his 15th annual pig roast at his farm in King George County overlooking the Rappahannock River.

The event attracted several thousand of people, many of whom were Democratic activists or elected officials, who traveled from Richmond or Northern Virginia to spend an afternoon eating pork and talking politics.

Before the crowds showed up, Warner played a few rounds of his favorite sport, basketball, on a court he had installed at the estate. This year, Warner's team played against another one that included Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D).
The first team to score 11 points won.

During one game, Warner said he was kicked in the shin, although he isn't sure by whom. (Maybe Kaine secretly wanted to run for the Senate?)

By the time the pig roast was in full swing, Warner had an ice pack wrapped in a bandage that was covering a serious wound . Warner described it as a hematoma, which is when blood collects under the skin.

"The good thing is we won eight games straight," Warner joked as he nursed the wound. "I scored two or three points each game."

Despite his obvious pain, Warner did what he does every year at his party: He stood at the front of the receiving line for four hours and greeted nearly every guest, spend a few minutes with each one.

By Tim Craig  |  September 15, 2007; 9:12 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Mark Warner , Tim Craig  
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