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Marilyn Mosby re-elected Baltimore state’s attorney

Marilyn Mosby

Marilyn J. Mosby (File photo)

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby fended off two high-profile challengers to win Tuesday’s Democratic primary and secure a second term, as she has no Republican challenger in November’s general election.

With nearly 93 percent of the votes in around 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Mosby had almost 49 percent of the total, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. Ivan J. Bates had received 28 percent of the vote, while Thiru Vignarajah was in third with approximately 23 percent.

The Associated Press called the race for Mosby shortly after 11 p.m. Both Bates and Vignarajah conceded by 11:15 p.m.

Four years ago, in her upset victory, Mosby criticized incumbent Gregg L. Bernstein for not doing enough to keep violent, repeat offenders behind bars and pledged to improve the office’s reputation in the community. With record murder rates in recent years, Mosby’s opponents used those same arguments against her, accusing her of failing to successfully prosecute violent crimes.

On the campaign trail this year, Mosby highlighted her office’s felony conviction rate, youth programs and and victim resources. She countered rivals’ criticism by saying her staff had a felony conviction rate of 92 percent and that prosecutors targeted violent criminals, decreased recidivism, and protected victims and witnesses.

Bates, a defense attorney and former prosecutor, campaigned on improving community trust in the office and touted his years of experience in criminal law. Vignarajah, a former deputy attorney general, pledged to cut murders in half in three years and reduce violent crime overall.

But they proved no match for Mosby, who made international headlines in 2015 when she declared that six police officers would be held accountable for the broken neck of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose death in custody triggered riots and protests.

Even without delivering a conviction, Mosby trumpeted her leading role in Gray case since her decision to swiftly charge the officers involved in his doomed arrest. While Bates and Vignarajah attacked Mosby’s decision-making in the Gray case throughout the campaign, Mosby remained admired among many voters. She is popular among city residents who live in neighborhoods with a strong mistrust of city law enforcers due to years of discriminatory and unconstitutional policing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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