City Council primary still too close to call
Sun colleague Nicole Fuller reports:
The political fate of Baltimore City Councilman Warren M. Branch, whose primary race remains too close to call, won’t be determined until later this month, election officials say.
The current counts from the Tuesday vote – 1,713 for Branch, 1,698 for his nearest competitor, Shannon Sneed, a television news journalist – do not include absentee and provisional ballots that are still being counted, city elections director Armstead B. Crawley Jones Sr. said.
A margin of less than 2 percent would trigger an automatic recount, Jones said. The elections board has until Sept. 21 to certify the vote totals for Tuesday’s Democratic primary and declare a winner.
Sneed is looking forward to a final count.
“When I first decided to run for city council it was because of a desire to improve our community,” she wrote in an e-mail, and added: “I remain committed to those goals while we wait on ALL the votes to be counted. It is not over!”
Branch, who was elected to the council in 2007 to represent the East Baltimore district, could not immediately be reached for comment.