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11/03/2012 09:33 pm ET Updated Nov 05, 2012

'Baby Killer' And Racist Epithet Deface Campaign Offices Of Wayne Powell, Eric Cantor's Opponent

Vandals spray-painted the words "Baby Killer" on the campaign headquarters of Wayne Powell, the Democrat challenging Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and wrote "Nigger Lover" on a sign in front of another one of his offices, a Powell spokesman confirmed Saturday to The Huffington Post.

A tipster gave HuffPost a heads up on the incidents, and Powell campaign spokesman Brendan MacArthur confirmed the vandalism at the Midlothian and Henrico offices. MacArthur said the attacks happened Friday night and police departments in both counties have been alerted.

Campaign staffers discovered the attacks on Saturday morning. One staffer snapped a photo at the Midlothian office, where "Baby Killer" was painted on the exterior of the building. At the Henrico office, a Powell campaign sign was vandalized with the racist epithet.

Powell is hoping to unseat Cantor in Virginia's 7th District, which includes parts of Richmond and its suburbs in Henrico and Chesterfield Counties, along with Page and Rappahannock counties. The district is ranked safely Republican by Roll Call.

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