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A white city councilman won the Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday, defeating two black candidates in this predominantly black city by promising to clean the streets of open-air drug markets and have zero tolerance for crime.

With 87 percent of precincts reporting, Martin O'Malley had 51,004 votes, or 53 percent.

Former Councilman Carl Stokes had 27,208 votes, or 28 percent. Council President Lawrence Bellhad 16,558 votes, or 17 percent.

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