Oprah to Headline at Virginia Democrat’s Fundraiser 

The social heavyweight is appearing at an April event for Lavern Chatman, who is running for a seat in the House of Representatives.

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All other Virginia Democrat campaigns, move aside: Oprah Winfrey is raising funds for Lavern Chatman, who is hoping to replace retiring Rep. Jim Moran, also a Democrat, New York's Daily News reports.

The talk-show icon will be the headliner at an April 5 fundraiser in Arlington. Chatman, former president of the Northern Virginia Urban League, says she's "delighted" that her "good friend" Oprah will be helping her with the campaign. "To win a race like this, you need a lot of support and a strong grassroots effort," Chatman told The Hill, the Daily News notes. "Our campaign is off to a tremendous start. We have inspired new volunteers and re-engaged many voters."

The district Chatman is eyeing is decidedly Democratic, so it's a race against her own party. Pulling out all the stops by lining up Oprah appears to be fair game.

The primary is June 10. 

Read more at the Daily News.