Awaiting Jessamy, and State's Attorney results
Across the water, at Patricia Jessamy's bash at the Baltimore Rowing Club, on the south side of the city, near Cherry Hill, about 50 people had gathered by 9 p.m., though Jessamy hadn't yet shown.
Inside the club, it was more family reunion than Bernstein's bar scene, with people of all ages talking quietly and sporting t-shirts with Jessamy's face and slogan "tough and smart on crime" emblazoned across the front and back.
Outside, on the deck overlooking the water, is clearly where the celebrating -- or commiserating, as the case may be -- will take place. Keyboards, a drum set and a large set of speakers are just waiting for the word.
Antoinette G. Lyles sits with a bunch of other women at a table in the center of the room. She lives in Baltimore County, but said she urged her city friends to vote for Jessamy, whom she's known for 20 plus years through her work with various organizations. "She's out in the community," Lyles said
Next to her, Rosemary Howell Atkinson added that she doesn't know much about Bernstein, and wasn't interested in finding out. "He wasn't worth listening to," she said.
UPDATE: The band is in full swing at Jessamy's party, which has ramped up in the past half hour as supporters await news. Jessamy's not yet in the house, but Stu Simms, her predecessor just arrived, and Assistant State's Attorney Julie Drake is hovering around the media, looking for news. Baltimore city's Board of Elections is so far reporting a close race, with 4,245 votes for Jessamy to Bernstein's 3,808. A third candidate, Sheryl A. Lansey has teken 297 votes. No word on which precincts are reporting.