Final tally shows Bernstein leading

The Baltimore city elections board has released a final vote tally in the hotly contested race for state’s attorney, and it shows challenger Gregg Bernstein maintaining a lead of more than 1,000 votes.

The figures released by the elections board Wednesday afternoon show Bernstein with 30,392 votes and incumbent Patricia Jessamy with 29,097 votes in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. That puts Bernstein 1,295 votes ahead.

Bernstein says in a statement that he’s “pleased” with the final results, but he’s not claiming victory, and Jessamy is not conceding. Jessamy’s campaign had no immediate comment on the new vote totals.

Elections officials will begin counting absentee ballots Thursday morning. More than 3,600 Democrats in Baltimore applied for absentee ballots.