Rawlings-Blake wins race for Baltimore mayor

AP News
Posted: Nov 08, 2011 11:23 PM
Rawlings-Blake wins race for Baltimore mayor

Incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has easily won Baltimore's mayoral election nearly two years after her predecessor stepped down embroiled in scandal.

In her two years in office, the former councilwoman has guided the Maryland city through crises including snowstorms and fixing budget gaps. It's her first term she's earned outright.

With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Rawlings-Blake won with 87 percent of the vote, or 37,970 votes, to 13 percent for Republican Alfred V. Griffin III, who received 5,826 votes.

The Democrat had been expected to soundly beat Griffin in the general election. The fall contests are usually a formality in a city where Republicans make up about 10 percent of the registered voters.

Rawlings-Blake beat five challengers in the Democratic primary.