Former Baltimore mayor won’t challenge primary results

BALTIMORE (AP) — Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon says she won’t seek a recount of last month’s Democratic primary election for mayor, which she lost to state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh.

Dixon said in a statement Wednesday that she won’t challenge the April 26 election, but urged officials to improve how they organize future balloting.

Pugh was officially declared the winner of the race Monday by 2,449 votes. She captured 36.6 percent of the vote to Dixon’s 34.7 percent.

In her statement, Dixon continued to question the Pugh campaign’s effort to bus Election Day job applicants to polling sites during early voting, a strategy Pugh has repeatedly defended.

Pugh will face Republican Alan Walden and Green Party nominee Joshua Harris in November.

Current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake did not run for re-election.

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