Pugh wins Democratic nomination for mayor

Posted at 9:22 PM, Apr 26, 2016

Sen. Catherine Pugh declared victory over former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon Tuesday night in the Democratic mayoral primary.

"I am the Democratic nominee," Pugh said to a gathering of supporters. 

AP projected Pugh as the winner of the race shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday.

In a concession speech shortly afterwards, Dixon seemed upbeat, saying a victory wasn't meant to be.

"I'm not through yet ... I'm going to be part of this city," Dixon said. 

Pugh, 65 is expected to win the general election in Baltimore, a Democratic stronghold.

Pugh is a three-term state senator who also served on the Baltimore City Council for five years before she was appointed to the Maryland House of Delegates.



She secured numerous endorsements in the months and weeks leading up to the primary. That included an endorsement from Councilman Nick Mosby, who waged an unsuccessful campaign for mayor that ended the day before early voting began April 14.

Pugh emerged as an early leader in the race as early voting returns trickled in, though her lead began to shrink as the night went on. 

But as of 11 p.m., Pugh was leading Dixon by about 3,400 votes, with 265 out of 292 precincts reporting. 

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Pugh and Dixon emerged as front runners in recent months in a crowded field of Democratic candidates. 

Elizabeth Embry came in a distant third in the race.

On the Republican side, Alan Walden was declared the winner of the GOP primary.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.