Oprah Set to Raise Money for Va. Democrat

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Television mogul Oprah Winfrey, who played a key role in the election of President Obama in 2008, will hold a fundraiser for Lavern Chatman, the former president of the Northern Virginia Urban League who is vying to replace U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D).

Chatman said that she is pleased to have Winfrey's support for the event, scheduled for April 5 in Arlington.

"Oprah is a good friend and we both share a passion for empowering women and girls for leadership," Chatman said. "I'm delighted she is coming to town to help with my congressional campaign."

Chatman is one of 10 Democrats running for Moran's seat. If she is successful, she will be the first black woman to represent Virginia in the U.S. Congress and the state's second black House member.

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