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Politicsby Fern Shen10:05 pmMay 14, 20240

Scott defeats Dixon for mayor and Cohen glides to victory in City Council President race

“We overcame the odds, including a Trump-loving super PAC,” Scott told supporters, while Angela Alsobrooks declared victory over deep-pocketed David Trone in her race for a U.S. Senate seat. UPDATED

Above: Mayor Brandon Scott addresses the crowd after win over Sheila Dixon in the 2024 primary election. (YouTube)

Fending off a well-funded challenge by former mayor Sheila Dixon, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott has won a decisive victory in the Democratic primary for mayor, setting him on course for a second term.

Declaring victory, Scott made a pointed reference to Dixon’s support by the conservative founder and chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group and his family who, as The Brew reported, backed her heavily, ultimately investing more than $400,000 to support her candidacy.

“Baltimore, you said very clearly that your democracy is not for sale, no matter how rich they are,” Scott said to the cheering crowd gathered at the Baltimore Peninsula.

“We overcame the odds, including a Trump-loving super-PAC that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars telling lies about our city, ignoring the progress that we have talked about and we still won,” Scott crowed.

The Associated Press called the race for Scott at 11:24 p.m.

Including early voting period votes, mail-in ballots, and voting from the 295 precincts today, Scott came in at 50.9% victory to Dixon’s 41.3% according to the state Election Board website.

Dixon: Not Yet Conceding

Before heading home from her watch party, Dixon told supporters she was not conceding until all votes are counted.

“It ain’t over til it’s over,” Dixon said, drawing cheers from the crowd.

Another big primary winner was First District Councilman Zeke Cohen who cruised to victory in the City Council President race with ease.

The 39-year-old took an early lead and never lost it, snatching the second highest elective position in Baltimore government away from incumbent Nick Mosby and defeating former City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed as well.

Cohen came away with 49.2%, surpassing Sneed (26.2%) and Mosby (24.4%)

All the above candidates ran in today’s Democratic primary, which in overwhelmingly blue Baltimore is tantamount to winning the general election in November.

The selfie Zeke Cohen posted early today, ahead of winning the race for Baltimore City Council President. (@Zeke_Cohen)

The selfie Zeke Cohen posted early today, ahead of winning the race for Baltimore City Council President. (@Zeke_Cohen)

In another closely watched race, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has decisively beaten Rep. David Trone in Baltimore City and has declared victory statewide.

She will be facing Republican Larry Hogan, the former Maryland governor, who today trounced Robin Ficker in the Republican primary.

Campaign sign for Angela Alsobrooks in East Baltimore. (Fern Shen)

A campaign sign for Angela Alsobrooks in East Baltimore today. (Fern Shen)

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