Democrat Brandon Maurice Scott was easily elected mayor on Tuesday, an unsurprising outcome in a city where almost all registered voters are Democrats.
After a close victory last June against former Mayor Sheila Dixon in the Democratic primary, the result of the general election was never in doubt.
Preliminary results had him far ahead of independent Bob Wallace with 115,175 votes compared to Wallace’s 31,394. Wallace conceded just after 10 p.m.
Republican candidate Shannon Wright ran a distant third, with just 10,158 votes.
“Baltimore, our city, has voted for a new way forward,” Scott said, reciting his campaign slogan in his acceptance speech. “I’m proud, energized and humbled by your belief in me and what we can accomplish together.”
He continued, “Some did not believe you could run a campaign against the status quo in Baltimore and win. You have spoken loud and clear to end business as usual in City Hall.”
The 36-year-old City Council president, who will become Baltimore’s 52nd mayor, ran as a progressive and won endorsements from labor unions, the Sierra Club, the Baltimore Sun, The Afro, Baltimore Teachers Union and others.
One of Scott’s closest allies, state Sen. Cory McCray, introduced him at a small election event tonight.
“You have spoken loud and clear to end business as usual in City Hall” – Brandon Scott speaking tonight.
In his concession speech, Wallace, who frequently led group prayers after campaign events, thanked God. The independent ran a pro-business campaign centered on jobs.
“We know Your will has been done, and that is good enough for us,” Wallace said. “This is clearly not the result we all had hoped for, but it is what it is.”
Democrat Nick Mosby, whose business dealings The Brew has written extensively about in recent weeks, was comfortably ahead in the race for City Council president. His Republican opponent, Jovani M. Patterson, made a relatively strong showing with 17.6% of the early vote.
Bill Henry ran unopposed in the general election for city comptroller, the third citywide elected post.
All the members of the Democratic ticket for City Council racked up huge margins, ranging between 82% and 99% of the early vote, except for 12th District incumbent Robert Stokes.
Early results show Stokes ahead of Franca Muller Paz 59% to 37%. Muller Paz entered the race in July as the Green Party candidate after Stokes narrowly won the Democratic primary.
Scott and the new Council will be sworn in next month.