Rawlings-Blake easily wins Baltimore mayoral vote
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to victory in Tuesday’s general election, securing a full four-year term and defeating Republican Alfred V. Griffin III, according to unofficial election results.
The Associated Press has called the race. With 88.6 percent of precincts reporting, Rawlings-Blake led Griffin 85 percent to 13 percent. View updated election results here.
Rawlings-Blake, 41, who ascended to the mayor’s office in Feb. 2010 following the resignation of Sheila Dixon, has focused on maintaining core services while grappling with persistent budget shortfalls.
A native of Baltimore, Rawlings-Blake is a former public defender who became the City Council’s youngest member when she was elected to the body at age 25 in 1995. She became the council president when Dixon was appointed mayor in 2006.
Rawlings-Blake cruised to victory in the September Democratic primary, campaigning on a theme of responsible and reliable leadership.
Elections officials report record low turn-out in the general election, with about 40,000 of the city’s 370,000 registered voters casting ballots.