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“I don’t want to cross wires with anybody,” she said. “God bless them. But it is the duty of party leaders to cultivate candidates.”

Mrs. Smith said her plan is not only to win, but to impress on voters what she characterized as “the evils” of abortion.

“It’s not a partisan campaign,” she said. “I have no hidden agenda and I’m certainly the underdog. There’s no doubt about that.” The D.C. Republican Party should stand with their national brethren, she said, against their well-funded liberal opponents and support pro-lifers “unapologetically.”

The Smith campaign’s pro-life ads began airing on her website and on YouTube earlier this week. YouTube officials subsequently pulled the ads, which depict bloodied, disembodied babies, but the Smith campaign bought local airtime on several late-night shows, including those of Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and Jay Leno, as well as on Oprah Winfrey’s show.

The Smith campaign has been concentrating its get-out-the-vote efforts in predominantly black neighborhoods to counter same-sex marriage advocates and pro-choice groups, which she said were targeting minority voters.

Mrs. Smith said she was especially seeking support in heavily black Ward 8, which has a high concentration of young and single black mothers.

“There are many very traditional families in Ward 8 who will vote,” said Mrs. Smith. “They are not for same-sex marriage and they are not aborting their babies.”