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Black Republican’s Face Spray Painted Ghost White on Campaign Sign

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The American electorate is polarized more than it’s ever been in recent years. According to a Glo Smithrecent Pew poll, “About six-in-ten (63%) consistent conservatives and 49% of consistent liberals say most of their close friends share their political views.” So it should come as no surprise that the vandalism of signs common during political campaigns was visited upon a black Republican candidate for the House of Representatives.

Glo Smith, a candidate for Florida’s 5th Congressional District, found that someone had spray painted her face white on a campaign sign. Smith tweeted about the incident: “This is sad, but I’m all for diversity.”

“We expect signs to be tampered with or stolen,” Smith told the National Review, “but not to this extent.”

Although vandalism of signs is commonplace during campaigns, Smith’s Republican rival made this about antipathy toward an African-American Republican candidate.

“I was shocked by this,” said Thuy Lowe, who Smith will face in the August primary. “There have been some comments out there that this may have been caused by bigotry. This is a message that she is an African American woman who is a Republican and therefore has a white point of view.”

Smith says she’s also had signs stolen, which is no surprise given that the Pew poll also found that “the share of Americans who express consistently conservative or consistently liberal opinions has doubled.”

The sign that was vandalized had been placed in a visible location but was also on private property. Smith’s campaign hasn’t reported the incident to police.

The winner of the primary will face Florida Democrat Corrine Brown.