BALTIMORE — Catherine E. Pugh had her breakout moment on the tense streets of West Baltimore last spring, two nights after riots broke out here. With angry protesters violating a 10 p.m. curfew, Ms. Pugh, the Democratic leader of the Maryland Senate, stared down Geraldo Rivera, the Fox News anchor, and berated him on national television for “inciting people.”
On Wednesday — precisely one year after the unrest — Baltimore woke up to the news that Ms. Pugh was its presumptive next mayor. She won a narrow victory Tuesday night in a crowded field to become the Democratic nominee, which in heavily Democratic Baltimore is tantamount to winning in November.
“Nobody gave this campaign a chance,’’ Ms. Pugh told a racially mixed crowd of supporters at her victory party Tuesday night, calling the win “a milestone” for herself and for the city.
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