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SEIU locals back Van Hollen in Senate race, despite history with Edwards

SEIU locals back Van Hollen in Senate race, despite history with Edwards

One of the state's most influential coalitions of local labor unions will endorse Rep. Chris Van Hollen's campaign for Senate on Thursday, despite a deep history of supporting his primary opponent, Rep. Donna F. Edwards.

Seven local SEIU unions, representing more than 40,000 members in Maryland -- including hospital workers, teachers and security guards -- will throw their weight behind Van Hollen, the Montgomery County Democrat running for retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's seat.

The endorsement is significant in part because SEIU is known for its organizing prowess on behalf of Democratic candidates, providing a deep well of volunteers and advertising money. But...

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