Scott adds to lead in Baltimore mayor's Democratic primary

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FILE - This file photo combo shows, from left, Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young, Sheila Dixon, Thiru Vignarajah, Mary Miller and Brandon Scott. Maryland residents are going to the polls and returning mail-in ballots for the states primary, and the highest-profile race Tuesday, June 2, 2020, is the Democratic contest to be the nominee for Baltimores mayor. (AP Photo/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File)

BALTIMORE – Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott added to his lead Monday against former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon in the city’s Democratic mayoral primary.

While the primary remains too close to call, results posted on the Maryland State Board of Elections website Monday night showed Scott increasing his lead by 1,385 votes. That compared to his lead Sunday night by 388 votes.

Scott has 41,420 votes, or about 29%, and Dixon has 40,035, or about 28%, in a crowded primary with more than 20 candidates.

About 142,335 votes have been counted. City election officials are scheduled to keep counting on Tuesday. Roughly 5,000 votes remained to be counted.

Dixon held the lead early in last Tuesday's primary, but Scott made gains and took a narrow lead in results posted Sunday night.

Marvin James, Scott's campaign manager, described the updated results posted Monday night as “extremely promising.”

The primary was held mostly by mail in response to the coronavirus. Limited in-person voting was held on Tuesday.

For votes sent in the mail to be counted, they had to be postmarked June 2. Mail-in votes that are postmarked June 2 will still be counted, so long as they are received by 10 a.m. Friday.