Votes for Pugh, Dixon Fell Along Racial Lines in Mayor’s Race
May 11, 2016
State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh prevailed in the Democratic primary after winning most of the precincts with a majority white population and few of the majority African-American precincts, a data analysis shows.
Pugh narrowly defeated former Mayor Sheila Dixon, who had broad appeal in predominantly African-American areas of the city.
While some political observers said the precinct-level results on Election Day show Pugh’s ability to reach across racial lines and build coalitions, others said the results show an electorate divided along racial lines.
Farajii Muhammad, co-host of “The Larry Young Morning Show” on WOLB, said Pugh has much work to do to make in-roads in the poorer black neighborhoods of Baltimore, where Dixon is popular.