PUGH ELECTION MAY BE CHALLENGED: Former Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon said Tuesday she is considering challenging election results that gave state Sen. Catherine Pugh a narrow victory in the Democratic primary for Baltimore mayor last week. Dixon said she did not “necessarily concede” on election night and is exploring legal options. About 3,000 votes separate Dixon and Pugh, who declared victory based on the unofficial tally, Doug Donovan, Ian Duncan and Jessica Anderson report in the Sun.
Fern Shen of Baltimore Brew writes that Dixon said she is looking into legal strategies to challenge results that appeared to show Pugh with a small but definitive victory. “There were many irregularities on Election Day and questions concerning the integrity of Early voting. We’re seeking the official count,” Dixon tweeted to her followers.
WMAR-TV reports that it’s not just the uncounted votes keeping Dixon from conceding the race. She says there were what she calls “unprecedented irregularities” on Election Day. “Taking people to the polls, paying them to vote for you. I mean there are a whole host of issues,” she said. And that’s why Dixon is supporting the call for Gov. Larry Hogan to launch an investigation into Baltimore City’s primary.
Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, discuss challenges to the results of last week’s election in Baltimore City.