Problem styling nav (CSS)

I have a horizontal nav, it is the main menu. I want to style it differently than all other a {'s. I've tried adding this to the stylesheet to create a class for the main nav.

#main_nav a {
display:block;
padding:10px;
font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
color:#ffffff;
font-size: 18px;
text-decoration:none;
}

#main_nav a:hover,a:active
{
background-color:#b4c48d;
}

This is what the nav item looks like:

<div class="main_nav" style="position: absolute; top: 316px; left: 24px; width: 760px; height: 48px;color:#ffffff;">

Should this work?
J CAsked:
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jtwcsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The css declarations are referencing an element with an ID of main_nav but the div has a class of main_nav.

You can either change the markup to <div id="main_nav" .... >  or update the css declarations to

.main_nav a {
display:block;
padding:10px;
font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
color:#ffffff;
font-size: 18px;
text-decoration:none;
}

.main_nav a:hover, .main_nav a:active
{
background-color:#b4c48d;
}
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J CAuthor Commented:
At this point, the nav only responds to changes I make to the stylesheet's

a {
}

but I do not want to affect all hyperlinked text on the page
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J CAuthor Commented:
That worked. Thanks for the explanation and your assistance.
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