Democratic Contenders Put Spotlight on Selma

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Barack Obama (far left) and Hillary Clinton (far right) pose March 4, 2007, in Selma, Ala., while re-creating a voting rights march from 1965. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Barack Obama (fourth from left) and Hillary Clinton (fourth from right)

Barack Obama (third from left) and Hillary Clinton (third from right) pose March 4, 2007, in Selma, Ala., while re-creating a voting rights march from 1965.

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The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., was the battleground 42 years ago in the fight to assure black Americans the right to vote. Today, it was the battleground in the contest for the Democratic nomination for president.

Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama attended Selma's Bloody Sunday anniversary events. They were later joined by former president Bill Clinton in a brief march to commemorate the 1965 voting-rights event.

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