Early voting gets underway tomorrow in Maryland, less than two weeks before the April 26th primary election, which will decide a number of important national, state and local races. In the race for Baltimore mayor, State Senator Catherine Pugh leads with 31 percent, followed by former mayor Shelia Dixon at 25 percent, according to a poll released by The Baltimore Sun and the University of Baltimore.
Lawyer Elizabeth Embry is in third place with 9 percent support, from 5 percent last month. Businessman David Warnock is in fourth place with 7 percent. Councilman Carl Stokes and Councilman Nick Mosby are tied at fifth place in the poll with 5 percent support.
Last week, Maryland Morning hosted a debate between Shelia Dixon, David Warnock and Nick Mosby. At the time, according to a March 10th poll, Warnock was in third place. Mosby placed fourth. Poll-leading Senator Pugh, who had been invited to participate in the debate, said she would be unable to do so, citing obligations in the Senate.
Invited once again by WYPR to participate in this week's debate with Ms. Embry and Councilman Stokes, Senator Pugh initially declined again, citing a scheduling conflict. But Sen. Pugh changed her plans suddenly Wednesday morning, and with the live debate already in progress, she joined host Tom Hall and the other candidates in the Maryland Morning studio for a lively discussion about who should be the next mayor of Baltimore.