Kweisi Mfume won the special primary election to become the Democratic candidate in a race to succeed the late Elijah Cummings in the 7th Congressional District.
The former NAACP leader, 71, topped a field 24 Democrats on Tuesday to advance to an April 28 special general election to fill the remainder of Cummings’ term.
Kimberly Klacik, whose videos of trash-strewn West Baltimore alleys and criticisms of Cummings spurred President Donald Trump to tweet that the district is “disgusting,” won the Republican nomination. There were seven other candidates.
Mfume represented the district, which includes parts of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County, for 10 years until stepping down in 1996 to lead the NAACP.
On April 28, Mfume and Klacik could also face challenges in a regular primary election for the term that starts in January 2021.
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