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Exit polls: Cardin wins among blacks, Steele among whites
(CNN) -- African-American voters resoundingly backed white Democratic Rep. Ben Cardin in the U.S. Senate race in Maryland, while a majority of white voters backed Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who is black, according to exit polls.

CNN projects that Cardin will win the race, filling the seat now held by retiring Democrat Sen. Paul Sarbanes.

Steele won support from 52 percent of white voters, but only 25 percent of African-American voters, exit polls indicated.

Cardin was helped by Democrats' turnout edge -- 50 percent of all voters identified themselves with the party, compared to 32 percent with Republicans -- and widespread disapproval of the current Iraq war policy and President Bush's handling of his job.

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