Despite a viral campaign ad and Trump support, RNC speaker Kim Klacik loses her House run
Kim Klacik Ad : On Election Day, Republican newcomer Kim Klacik lost her campaign for a U.S. House seat in a Maryland district that encompasses inner-city Baltimore.
Despite a viral campaign ad endorsed by President Trump, Klacik was defeated in the state’s 7th Congressional District by Democratic incumbent Rep. Kweisi Mfume.
At 11:19 p.m. EST, the Associated Press was the first to declare Mfume, the former president and CEO of the NAACP, the winner.
“We gave it everything we had! I’m quite proud of my squad. It’s unfortunate that someone who doesn’t accomplish anything might win a congressional seat only on the basis of their name, but this isn’t the end,” Klacik tweeted after conceding defeat.
“It’s still a victory. @Mfume4Congress, please accept my heartfelt congratulations.
Prepare to be held to a higher standard than ever before. Thank you, CD7!”
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Mfume, who is the predecessor and successor of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, did not respond to his apparent victory on social media right away.
Early Wednesday, neither the Mfume nor the Klacik campaigns responded to Fox News’ requests for comment.
Klacik, 38, walked through some of Baltimore’s most neglected neighbourhoods in her viral campaign ad, lambasting Democratic leadership in metropolitan regions with strong African-American populations.
President Trump retweeted the ad, and Klacik was given a primetime speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in August.
Despite raising $6.4 million in campaign funds, compared to $184,000 for Mfume in the latest quarter, Klacik was defeated on Tuesday night.
Mfume, 72, defeated Klacik in a special election for the seat in April.
After Cummings died in October 2019 after a protracted fight with health difficulties, and also during Trump’s impeachment proceedings, he was to finish the remainder of Cummings’ term.
Mfume previously served in Congress from 1987 to 1996, representing Maryland’s 7th district before leaving to lead the NAACP.
He’s served five and a half terms in Congress so far, and voters on Tuesday re-elected him to another full two-year term.