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Politicsby Ian Round8:35 pmJun 8, 20200

Breaking for Brandon: Scott’s lead over Dixon grows

Most of the ballots left to count are from the 1st District, where Scott is expected to perform well

Above: A masked Brandon Scott talks to a voter in front of Edmondson High School on the day of the primary. (Fern Shen)

City Council President Brandon M. Scott has inched closer to victory over former mayor Sheila Dixon.

Scott’s lead now stands at 1,385 votes, the latest data posted by the Maryland State Board of Elections show.

He’s ahead by a full percentage point, 29.1% to 28.1%.

Roughly 150,000 ballots have been counted, leaving only a few thousand left, Baltimore City Elections Director Armstead B.C. Jones Sr. told The Brew.

Scott is in a strong position compared to Dixon, who took an early lead in the drawn-out vote, as counting nears its end.

Many of the ballots left to be counted are from the 1st District, Jones said, where Scott is believed to hold an edge over Dixon in the affluent waterfront neighborhoods.

Chart compiled by Scott's campaign committee.

Chart shows how Scott caught up with, then passed, Dixon as mail-in ballots were counted. (People for Brandon M. Scott)

Other Citywide Winners

Councilwoman Shannon Sneed, meanwhile, conceded the City Council president’s race today to Delegate Nick Mosby.

Since Mosby’s wife, Marilyn Mosby, is the Baltimore City state’s attorney, two of the most powerful elected positions in Baltimore government stand to be held by one household.

In the third citywide race, Bill Henry announced victory over Joan M. Pratt for comptroller, his lead expanding to 8.2%.

Henry’s win marks the end of Pratt’s six terms in office as comptroller, a position she has held since 1995.

Counting to Continue

According to Jones, the remainder of the non-provisional ballots will be counted Tuesday, and provisionals will be counted Wednesday.

He said there are about 2,000 provisional ballots, many of which were rejected and won’t count as votes.

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