Former Baltimore mayor holds back concession in primary

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Posted: May 03, 2016 11:52 AM

BALTIMORE (AP) — Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon says she wants to get a final vote count from last week's mayoral primary and isn't conceding an election that was held about a year after Freddie Gray's death and unrest in the city.

Dixon told WBAL-AM in Baltimore on Tuesday she believes "there's still a chance" she could win. Provisional and absentee votes are still being counted.

"The bottom line is that I want to get the official count," Dixon said.

The Maryland State Board of Elections website showed state Sen. Catherine Pugh leading by 3,020 votes on Tuesday, in a crowded Democratic primary with 13 candidates. That's about 36.8 percent of the vote, compared to 34.4 percent for Dixon.

In addition to votes that remain to be counted, Dixon also noted that votes from eight city precincts were not found until the day after the election. Dixon stopped short of calling for a recount until the official vote is tallied.

Baltimore is heavily Democratic, and the primary has determined the winner of the general election for decades. The city hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1963.

Gray was injured in police custody and died at a hospital. Current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she decided against running for re-election because she wanted to focus on the city healing.