- Associated Press - Saturday, October 7, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina city council candidate said someone spray-painted “Trump” and a racial slur over her face on a campaign sign.

Local media outlets report Zainab Baloch (BAH’-lohsh), who is Muslim, is one of seven candidates running for two at-large seats on the Raleigh City Council. Her campaign posted a video on her Facebook page Friday showing the sign.

Baloch said while she’s not necessarily surprised at negative reaction, it doesn’t make the incident any less “hurtful and traumatizing.”

Mayor Nancy McFarlane called the vandalism “absolutely reprehensible.”

Wake County Republican Party Chairman Charles Hellwig said the act in no way represents Raleigh, the party or any true supporter of President Donald Trump. The N.C. Democratic Party said there’s no room for this kind of hatred in the state.

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