By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s a rivalry that just won’t quit. State Senator Catherine Pugh and former mayor Sheila Dixon are in the race for mayor–again.

A former mayor loses the primary but comes back as a write-in candidate to challenge her own party’s nominee. It’s the fight for Baltimore City Hall.

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Only in Baltimore could the drama of the general election be not between the Democrat and Republican nominees, but two Democrats — Catherine Pugh, the nominee, and Sheila Dixon, not the nominee.

“I just think that everybody has a choice. You can do whatever you want. This is why we call it America,” Sen. Pugh said.

Dixon lost the primary to State Senator Catherine Pugh, in a primary election where irregularities forced the State Board of Elections to demand a review of the city’s results.

Warren: “You said when you decided that you were going to file to run as a write-in candidate that this would be a different kind of campaign for you?

Dixon: “Well, it is a different kind of campaign. I’ve never done a write-in campaign before.”

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“I am the Democratic nominee, so I’m very excited about that,” Pugh said.

Given party numbers, the Democratic primary winner is expected to win the general election.

Some think Dixon could be a game-changer, but Pugh supporters aren’t fazed.

“I’ve never taken any race for granted. I tell people everyone in a campaign, in a race, everybody’s competition, and so you run your race until the end and pray that you are the victor,” said Pugh.

With early voting underway, both candidates expect to build momentum between now and the general election on November 8.

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Republican Alan Walden and Green Party candidate Joshua Harris are also on the ballot for mayor.