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Kim Klacik to speak at Republican National Convention after viral campaign ad

Republican candidate Kim Klacik visits Martin’s West with a security guard.
Republican candidate Kim Klacik visits Martin’s West with a security guard. (Amy Davis)

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.

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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.

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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.

Maryland’s 7th includes parts of Baltimore City, as well as sections of Howard and Baltimore counties. Klacik lives in Middle River, which is not in the 7th District, but has pledged to move if elected.

Klacik said in an interview Friday that, after the video, her campaign “had over 200 people sign up to volunteer as far as canvassing.”

“We’ve been getting calls from all over,” she said.

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According to Facebook’s Ad Library, Klacik’s campaign has spent nearly $150,000 on political ads in the past week.

The theme of the GOP convention — in which Trump and Pence are to be nominated for second terms — is “Honoring the Great American Story.” On Monday, when Klacik is expected to speak, the theme is, “Land of Promise.”

Among the others scheduled to speak that night are Donald Trump Jr., former ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise

Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Barker contributed to this article.

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