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Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott walks out to Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us” after winning the Democratic primary

Updated: May 21

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott wins Democratic Primary and walks out to Kendrick Lamar's 'Not Like Us.

Brandon Scott wins Democratic nomination in Baltimore mayoral race.

BALTIMORE – Brandon Scott won the Democratic primary nomination for Baltimore mayor in a rematch against former mayor Sheila Dixon, the Associated Press called Tuesday night.

Scott, the incumbent, and his challenger Sheila Dixon addressed the crowd with about 14,000 mail-in ballots still to be counted, which won't be until Thursday.

As of late Tuesday night, Scott held a 5,000 vote lead over Dixon with over 70% of precincts reporting when the AP called the race. 

Scott walked on stage to “Not Like Us,” a Drake diss track recently released by Kendrick Lamar, holding his newborn son Charm who donned soundproof headphones.


“Victory tonight means the work has just begun,” he said, next to his fiancée Hana Pugh and his stepson Ceron.

Council Vice President Sharon Green Middleton, the longest-serving member of the council, introduced the mayor before the race was called. She eagerly introduced Scott as “Mayor Brandon Scott,” stressing his title.

“He is my fifth mayor. I’ve had a new mayor every term,” she said.

Like Middleton, who endorsed Scott in what polls suggested what a tight primary, voters chose to stick with political stability instead of handing back the reins to a mayor who left office in 2010 as part of a guilty plea in a corruption case. Chief among Scott’s campaign criticisms of Dixon was a super PAC funded in part by David Smith, the executive chairman of Sinclair, a conservative TV network.

“Mayor Scott’s victory reflects a shift in public sentiment about the direction of the city, driven by a substantial decrease in crime and his leadership during a time of crisis,” said pollster Mileah Kromer, associate professor of political science and the director of the Sarah T. Hughes Center for Politics at Goucher College.


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