Three of the leading candidates for Baltimore mayor clashed Tuesday in their first broadcast debate of the general election. But they did so without Democratic state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, the favorite in the race, who pulled out after initially confirming her attendance.
Pugh's absence frustrated her opponents and the host of the event, WYPR's Tom Hall, who told listeners the Pugh campaign had declined to provide an explanation.
"The senator has every right to change her mind," Hall told listeners. "I'm just sorry that I can't explain to you the reasons for that decision."
Republican mayoral candidate Alan Walden had a stronger...