AP: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Wins Primary

BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) — The polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday and now voters and candidates are waiting to see the results. The Associated Press has called the race for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

So far, 99% percent of the precincts have turned in ballots and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is leading her opponents with 52% of the vote. Catherine Pugh has received 25% so far, Otis Rolley has gotten 13%, Jody Landers has gotten seven percent, Frank Conaway has gotten three percent and Wilton Wilson has received 0%. On the Republican side, Alfred Griffin has 51% and Vicki Harding has 49%.

Mary Bubala spoke with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

“I love my hometown,” a beaming Rawlings-Blake said to supporters at her victory party. “We have all seen that Baltimore can go against the odds and win. We stand united behind a shared vision: better schools, safer streets and stronger neighborhoods.”

Mayor Rawlings-Blake was the heavy favorite to win and this all but assures a win in November. Baltimore is a heavily Democratic city.

“I think she did an incredible job given that it was something she’d never done before,” said one.

“Congratulations to each and every one of you for rising to the challenge and working together for our city,” Rawlings-Blake said.

Governor Martin O’Malley and Senator Barbara Mikulski were there to celebrate, as well; both had endorsed the mayor.

“I voted for Stephanie because I’m more familiar with her,” said Florence D. Hope, 59, a registered Democrat who is active in her community association. Rawlings-Blake has been responsive to her community’s concerns about absentee landowners, she said. “The other folks just popped up around election time. How can I vote for someone when I don’t know them?”

Rawlings-Blake, the daughter of a popular state delegate, worked as a public defender and was the youngest person elected to the City Council at age 25 in 1995. She became Council president in 2007 and mayor last year when Democrat Sheila Dixon resigned after an embezzlement conviction and separate plea for lying about gifts from her developer ex-boyfriend.

Lutalo Bakari, 46, a registered Democrat who works as a social worker and track coach with city schools, said he voted for Rawlings-Blake because he likes what he has seen from her since she became mayor.

“Considering what she inherited, I think she’s done a tremendous job,” Bakari said. “She’s doing the work that’s needed.”

But he didn’t hear anything he liked from Rawlings-Blake’s challengers and felt they focused on issues such as lowering property taxes.

“They made no case at all,” he said.

Republicans Vicki Ann Harding and Alfred Griffin are competing to challenge the Democratic primary winner in the Nov. 8 general election. However, the Democratic primary tends to decide the race for mayor Baltimore where Republicans make up about 10 percent of registered voters. The city hasn’t had a Republican mayor since Theodore R. McKeldin left office in 1967.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press has also called the race for City Council President in favor of Jack Young. So far, current City Council President Jack Young has received 75% of the votes. Tom Kiefaber has eight percent of the vote, Charles Smith has seven percent, Renold Smith has five percent and Leon Hector has five percent. Of the Republican candidates, David Wiggins has 65% of the vote and Armand Girard has 35%.

Joan Pratt has been re-elected as city comptroller in an uncontested race.

In district 1, incumbent James Kraft has 67% of the vote. Helene Luce has 25% of the vote and Jason Kahler has eight percent. So far, 68% of the precincts have reported.

In district 2, 88% of the precincts have reported. So far, Brandon Scott is in the lead with 55% of the vote. Emmett Guyton has 17%, Anthony Hamilton has 11%, Sharita Obbiora has eight percent, Cynthia Gross has seven percent and Jamaal Simpson has three percent.

In district 3, 70% of the precincts have reported. So far, incumbent Robert Curran has 66% of the vote, George Vanhook has 24% and Jerome Bivens has 10%.

In district 4, 90% of the precincts have reported. So far, incumbent Bill Henry has 60% of the vote and Scherod Barnes has 40%.

In district 5, 94% of the precincts have reported. So far, Rochelle Spector has 57% of the vote. Curtis Jones has 17%, Derrick Lennon has 11%, Scott Carberry has eight percent and Luke Durant has seven percent.

In district 6, 72% of the precincts have reported. So far, incumbent Sharon Middleton has 64% of the vote. Mark Hughes has 24% and Rhonda Wimbish has 12%.

In district 7, 87% of the precincts have reported. Nick Mosby has 49% of the vote, incumbent Belinda Conaway has 40% of the vote, Allen Hicks has six percent, Henry Brim has two percent and Timothy Mercer has two percent.

In district 8, 94% of the precincts have reported. Incumbent Helen Holton has 52% of the vote. David Smallwood has 38%, Dayvon Love has eight percent and Haki Ammi has two percent.

In district 9, 86% of the precincts have reported. Incumbent William Welch has 34% of the vote. Abigail Breiseth has 14%, Chris Taylor has 13%, John Bullock has 12%, Michael Johnson has 10%, Quianna Cooke has nine percent, Janet Bailey has five percent, Waymon LeFall has two percent and Derwin Hannah has two percent.

In district 10, 100% of the precincts have reported. Incumbent Edward Reisinger has 60%, Bill Marker has 28% and Erica White has 12%.

In district 12, 95% of the precincts have reported. Incumbent Carl Stokes has 51% of the vote, Odette Ramos has 21%, Devon Brown has 13%, Jason Curtis has eight percent, Jermaine Jones has three percent, Frank Richardson has three percent and Ertha Harris has one percent.

In district 13, 76% of the precincts have reported. Shannon Sneed has 38%, incumbent Warren Branch has 36%, Antonio Glover has 17%, Kimberly Armstrong has seven percent and Gamaliel Harris has two percent.

Kai Jackson has more on what Baltimore wants most from its mayor.

Ambitious plans and big agendas are what candidates for mayor of Baltimore are promising. Voters went to the polls Tuesday to pick one of those hopefuls to run as the Democratic and Republican nominee in November.

“I’d like to see someone who’s very strong on education and is true to his or her words,” said Christie Adams.

At Belvedere Square in East Baltimore, food isn’t the only topic on the table—so is politics in the city. A primary election is an ideal time to talk about jobs, education and the economy. Citizens say what they expect of the candidate emerging from a crowded field.

“I think the most important thing for the mayor is to focus on the city and turning the city around,” said Kavan Clifford.

“I think one thing that this next mayor needs to really do is call upon the president and other national leaders to make urban unemployment a national issue,” said Dr. Lester Spence.

The general election is Nov. 8.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • lynn

    i dont live in the city but if i did i would vote for Mrs. Blake.She has been a good mayor for the city. One of the best…go get them..good luck

    • Wil Massey

      Yeah, you obviously don’t go there either. B’more looks like it was nuked. High crime, violence & drug use. Not sure what you would consider bad.

      • Card

        Sorry should have pluralized YEAR’S

      • Card

        It has looked like that for year though..
        Not her fault..

    • James Tibbs

      I don’t, and won’t live in the city, but I think that anyone visiting the city would do to be packing a .45 or better. That place is out of control. It is ruled by murderers, and drug dealers. I felt safer in Kabul, Afghanistan, when I was there in 2002. The mayor has the fox guarding the hen house, if she thinks the police are going to stop crime. Just read the newspapers. B-more is still in the top five in murder and drug related crimes. Not to mention the schools, and the streets etc, etc, etc.

    • Nicole

      Glad that you are not a city resident. She has actual done nothing for the city but bring a race that created a huge headache for travelers.

  • tbouted

    right, you just said it, you don’t live in the city

  • lynn

    i may not live there but i do work there

  • Shawnee

    u stupid, must be a Tom for her !!!!!!

  • Vinnie

    She is hot!! I dont live in the city but any one that fine is a winner by me!!!!

  • Mr. E

    Oh well. Sorry about your luck, cityfolk. I live one block too far north to vote in this, but I really thought Baltimore deserved better.

    Better luck next time.

  • J.E.

    Corrupt DoJ, DoD and CIA employees had taken bribes from Al Quida in exchange for information and logistics support during the four years prior to 9/11.

    When one considers that the 9/11 terrorists could take jumbo jet flying lessons, move about the US unobstructed, live for several weeks less than 2 miles from NSA head quarters and be on State Department watch lists, besides there being some proof of it, this makes sense.

  • val

    You keep voting in the same worthless people and wonder why you live in a sewer. You deserve to live in one.

  • Stupid voters need to be investigated for selling their votes for mayor idiot

    We want a recount. Thanks Baltimore voter who stayed home you showed how stupid you are. Hell lets hope the mayor loses in November.

    • Card

      A Democrat losing to a Republican in Baltimore city???
      A snowball would have a better chance in hell

      • James Tibbs

        If it weren’t for the Democrats ability to give away the taxpayers money to the non-contributers, there wouldn’t be a democratic party. Take unemployment for example; the states unemployment funds are gone, and the federal government is paying for all unemployed people. How long does anyone think this can continue?


    Post election celebration? How about using that money to clean up the cesspool that is baltimore?

  • wllharrington

    52% is not the greatest win, it would appear that there is some dissatisfaction with Rawlings-Blake. If the other voters express their dissatisfaction by voting for the opponent she may be in trouble.

  • Really?

    I’m just wondering how many people voted in the first place? I cut through the city sometimes to get to work and honestly i always see a ton of police officers,little kids smoking cigarrettes on the bus stop,junkies going to the clinic etc.So as far as having more law enforcement on the streets,I guess that has been successful,but then again i only pass north ave so i dont know about the rest of the city.As far as the other issues go, I really can’t say she’s addressed them or not.But the condition of Baltimore cannot be blamed on Rawlings-Blake alone or at all,she’s trying.Which is more than Dixon ever did.Balti-MORONS need to get up and take their opinion to poll where it counts and stop complaining & waiting for a mayor to save you,DEMAND change and it will come

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