Votes for Pugh, Dixon Fell Along Racial Lines in Mayor’s Race

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.