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WATCH: Race dominates in Maryland Senate primary

Marylanders hit the polls Tuesday to select a Democratic Senate candidate in a contest dominated largely by race.

The Hill’s video team catches up with Democratic Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards while they work for votes on the campaign trail in a contest in which African-American women play a major role.

{mosads}Van Hollen supporter Cathy Redmond of Charles County, who is black, says her candidate has a better record on issues important to the African-American community.

“I can’t believe I’m standing here in 2016 [and] that a Senate race is based on racism,” Redmond tells The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper, adding, “I can’t believe that in my county, I have to talk white men into voting for white men.”

Edwards, a black single mother, tells The Hill that her unique perspective is needed in the Senate — where she would be the first black woman to serve in nearly 20 years.

“I have really strong support here and around the state, especially among African-American women,” Edwards says. “It doesn’t have anything to do with whether one person is a nice person or not; it has to do with voice or perspective missing from the United States Senate.”

Watch the video above to hear these quotes and witness the campaigning in action.

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