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Van Hollen camp disputes turnout allegation in book

Van Hollen camp disputes turnout allegation in book

Sen. Chris Van Hollen's campaign on Tuesday denied allegations raised in a new a book about the 2016 presidential election that he urged unions to not aggressively turn out the state's African American vote because it would help his Democratic primary opponent.

The book, "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign," suggests Van Hollen sought to put the brakes on union-centered black turnout efforts and that Clinton dismissed the idea.

At the time, Van Hollen was running against former Rep. Donna F. Edwards, who is black, for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat left open by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's retirement. Clinton, meanwhile, was running in...