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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, embraces Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., after being introduced and endorsed by him in front of Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., during a campaign event at City Garage in Baltimore.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, embraces Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., after being introduced and endorsed by him in front of Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., during a campaign event at City Garage in Baltimore. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton will begin airing a new radio ad in Baltimore on Wednesday that features Rep. Elijah E. Cummings talking about the 2011 shooting of his nephew, and what the congressman describes as the need for gun control.

Christopher Cummings, who was 20 years old and who had just completed his junior year at Old Dominion University, was killed in what police described as a random shooting at the Norfolk, Va., home where lived.

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"He didn't do anything wrong, but like so many of our young people here, his life was taken by a bullet," Cummings says in the ad. "Stopping the madness of gun violence is a big reason I am working so hard to elect Hillary Clinton."

Cummings, who formally endorsed Clinton earlier this month, takes a subtle swipe at Bernie Sanders. The Clinton campaign has long questioned the Vermont senator's past votes opposing gun control measures.

"Unlike some," Cummings says, "she's always fought for background checks, to close the loopholes that let the wrong people buy guns. Just like President Obama, she won't be intimated by anybody."

The ad has the potential to carry particular resonance in Baltimore and Maryland, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation -- but which continues to be plagued by gun violence. The issue has become a central feature in the race for the Democratic nomination for retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's seat.

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