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Polls close in Baltimore primary

Polls have closed in Baltimore’s primary election after a day of low turnout.

With 31 percent of precincts reporting, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has a 52 percent of the votes in the Democratic mayoral primary. State Sen. Catherine Pugh follows her with about 26 percent of the votes.

Rawlings-Blake’s other challengers include former city planning director and mayoral chief of staff Otis Rolley, former Councilman Jody Landers, Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway and nurse Wilton Wilson.

Republicans Vicki Ann Harding and Alfred Griffin are competing to challenge the Democratic primary winner in the Nov. 8 general election, which is seen as a formality in a city where Republicans make up about 10 percent of registered voters.