African American Female Wins GOP Primary in Maryland For Rep. Elijah Cummings’ District

Kimberly Klacik

An impressive victory with the potential of making history was made Tuesday in the Maryland primary. African American Kimberly Klacik won the Republican primary for Maryland’s 7th congressional district on Tuesday. The 7th district had been long held by Democrat Elijah Cummings before his death last October. Cummings was a staunch opponent of President Trump’s and was integral in leading the impeachment inquiry against him.

Klacik gained national notoriety last July after posting videos to twitter of the trash-filled streets and dire conditions of Baltimore. “Residents constantly call the city to remove trash, no one shows up for months. Rats & roaches are a problem in almost every home. Illegal immigrants at the border live in better conditions than Americans in West Baltimore. This is @RepCummings district” Klacik tweeted alongside the videos.

National media and even President Trump himself took notice of Klacik and her videos. “It’s crazy,” Klacik said of the response to her Twitter posts. “People are making it about Trump when it should be about doing better for those people in those neighborhoods.” President Trump jumped into the discussion on twitter and wrote, “Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA…”

With President Trump echoing Klacik’s sentiments, she became the victim of liberal attacks. In her defense, Klacik stated, “Hopefully people understand I never had bad intentions. I never wanted this to become a political mess. I wanted Baltimore officials to see these conditions and to do something about it.” To Klacik’s credit, she stepped up to the plate and decided “to do something about it” by running for Cummings’ old seat.

“For so long, Democrats have taken the black vote for granted” in her campaign message earlier this year. “I remember after Hillary Clinton lost in 2016, she spent two years traveling the country trying to figure out why she lost. But it is because they don’t actually go into the black community and talk to people, or they make promises they don’t keep” she added.

Klacik has an uphill battle, but her attempts are noble and could make history. She will face Democratic Representative Kweisi Mfume who defeated her in April’s special election to fill Cummings’ seat for the rest of his term. Additionally, Maryland’s 7th District includes more than half of Baltimore City and has been a “Democratic stronghold for decades. It was most notably led by Cummings, who represented the area in Congress from 1996 until his death in 2019” reported the Washington Examiner.

According to the Baltimore Sun, if Klacik defeats Mfume, “A Republican win in the special general election would be a massive upset. The GOP has never held the congressional seat in the overwhelmingly Democratic district.” Numbers are not in the Republican Klacik’s favor; “the district’s voters are 68% Democratic, with just 16% Republican voters and the rest unaffiliated or belonging to third parties, making it difficult for any candidate who is not a Democrat to win the seat.”

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