Baltimore’s Board of Elections formally certified Monday that Morgan State graduate, state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh won the Democratic primary for mayor. The official tally came after last week’s count of absentee and provisional ballots did not change the unofficial result in any race according to the Baltimore Sun
Pugh defeated former Mayor Sheila Dixon — who has questioned the integrity of the April 26 primary and is mulling legal options — 36.6 percent to 34.7 percent. Dixon has three days to ask for a recount, which she would need to pay for with campaign funds. A court challenge would have to be filed within seven days.
Martha McKenna, a spokeswoman for Dixon, said the former mayor’s team has yet to analyze precinct-level data to make an informed decision about a recount. “While Sheila Dixon picked up votes from the provisional ballot count, we will analyze the precinct-level data before making decisions about the next steps,” McKenna said.