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Hillary Clinton airs her first TV ad in Maryland

Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton will begin airing her first television advertisement in Maryland on Wednesday.

Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton will begin airing her first television advertisement in Maryland on Wednesday -- a spot released earlier this year that focuses on gun violence and young African Americans who died in interactions with police.

In the ad, narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, Clinton is heard saying the names of Trayvon Martin, Dontre Hamilton and Sandra Bland, and briefly characterizing the circumstances of their cases -- "shot to death," "unarmed," and "did nothing wrong."

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"She says their names," Freeman says in the ad. "She fought in the Senate to end racial profiling and discriminatory sentencing and stands with the president against those who would undo his achievements, just like she's always stood with us."

The ad, which will on air on broadcast television in Baltimore, comes a day after Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont began his first commercial ahead of Maryland's primary on April 26. That spot featured the daughter of Eric Garner, the New York man who died after being placed in a choke hold by New York City police in 2014.

Both messages have the potential to carry particular resonance in Baltimore, where the death of Freddie Gray a year ago prompted a national conversation about police practices in black communities. Both campaigns have begun to ramp up in in the state, and Clinton visited Baltimore on Sunday.

The Clinton campaign did not disclose details of its investment, but an aide said it had made a "six-figure" commitment to the ad.

Maryland, with its more diverse electorate and closed primary system, is the kind of state Clinton has tended to perform well in. A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll released last week showed Clinton leading Sanders by 15 points.

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