Dixon Leads For Baltimore Mayor

Sunday is apparently poll day at the Sun. Another new poll shows former mayor Sheila Dixon with a sizable lead in the mayoral primary race.

Dixon 24
Pugh 13
Stokes 11
Mosby 10
Embry 7
Warnock 5

Former Mayor Sheila Dixon is the clear early front-runner in a crowded field to become Baltimore’s next mayor, a new poll for The Baltimore Sun and the University of Baltimore shows.

Dixon, who was favored by nearly a quarter of the respondents, leads the Democratic primary race by 11 points over her closest rival, state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh.

City Councilmen Carl Stokes and Nick J. Mosby are close behind in third and fourth place, trailed by lawyer Elizabeth Embry and businessman David L. Warnock.

“Sheila Dixon has almost a 2-to-1 lead, and not only that, but her support is the firmest by far,” said Steve Raabe, president of OpinionWorks, the Annapolis-based firm that conducted the poll. Dixon has a wide lead among older voters and African-Americans, the poll shows.

But many Democrats have not made up their minds about how to vote in the April 26 primary, the poll shows, with more than a quarter of respondents undecided. For decades, the contest among the city’s Democrats, who outnumber Republicans by a 10-1 margin, has decided the mayor’s race.

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