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Kim Klacik, Gop Running For Elijah Cumming’s Seat To Speak At Republican National Convention After Viral Campaign Ad

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Kim Klacik’s recent ad — in which she marches through Baltimore to showcase vacant homes and blames Democratic leadership — broke through to a national audience last week when President Donald Trump shared it with his millions of followers on Twitter.

Klacik, the Republican running to represent Maryland’s heavily Democratic 7th Congressional District, will step once again onto a national stage this week. She is scheduled to speak during the first night of the Republican National Convention, according to a Trump campaign announcement.

Her viral ad, which has more than 10 million views, lambastes Democratic politicians in Baltimore and across the country. The final words of her 2½-minute campaign video are, “Black people don’t have to vote Democrat.”

Klacik could not be reached for comment. It’s unclear what message she intends to bring to the convention, a four-night event that also includes Vice President Mike Pence speaking at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry.

She is trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume, the Democrat who defeated Klacik in April’s special election by a 3-to-1 margin to take the Congressional seat long occupied by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democrat.

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