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Democratic Senate candidate Benjamin L. Cardin joins hands during a prayer with Paula Stephens of Baltimore County during services at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale.
Democratic Senate candidate Benjamin L. Cardin joins hands during a prayer with Paula Stephens of Baltimore County during services at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale. (By Susan Biddle -- The Washington Post)

Van Hollen called Raskin "a rock-solid, true-blue Democrat."

Hopefuls Take to Pews

The front row pews at some of the largest congregations in Prince George's County were filled yesterday with politicians who came for much more than an opportunity to hear the word of God.

"Let me first give thanks to the Lord for waking me up this morning," Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin said after he and several other candidates were given the chance to speak to worshipers at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale.

Cardin attended midday service with fellow Democrat All a n J. Lichtman and other Senate candidates. He also attended service at the Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington.

The Rev. Grainger Browning , pastor of Ebenezer AME, welcomed the candidates to shake hands with congregants.

Browning said he is hoping for a heavy turnout because "so many people sacrificed their lives for us just to have a right to vote."

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D), who is running for reelection, sat in the front row of Ebenezer yesterday in a service that drew other candidates, too. .

The candidates "are beginning to understand and not take for granted the powerful black church. My hope is that their relationship with the church is not contingent upon them getting elected," said the Rev. Lee P. Washington, pastor of Reid Temple AME.

Staff writer Hamil Harris contributed to this report.


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