BALTIMORE (AP/WJZ) — U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume won reelection on Tuesday in Maryland.
Mfume, a Democrat, defeated Republican Kimberly Klacik for the seat in a district that includes a substantial portion of Baltimore and its suburbs.
As of early Wednesday morning, Mfume had 163,455 votes to Klacik’s 62,052 (72.3% to 27.4%).
“I want to thank all of the people from Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County for continuing to put their support in this campaign,” Mfume said during his victory speech late Tuesday night.
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Klacik conceded late Tuesday tweeting, “We gave it our best shot! So proud of my team. It’s sad someone that doesn’t lift a finger could win a congressional seat just by name, but this is not the end. This is still a win. Congratulations Congressman Kweisi Mfume. Prepare to be held accountable like never before. Thx CD7!”
We gave it our best shot! So proud of my team. It’s sad someone that doesn’t lift a finger could win a congressional seat just by name, but this is not the end.
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) November 4, 2020
The former NAACP leader won the seat in a special election in April to fill the vacancy created by the death of Elijah Cummings last year. Mfume held the seat before Cummings.
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The district drew the attention of President Donald Trump last year as Cummings led investigations into the president. The president described the district then as a “disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”
Rep. Steny Hoyer and Rep. Anthony Brown won their races.
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