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Brandon Mitchell
Pugh applies signature charm

Schmoozing after a mayoral candidate forum at Morgan State University last week, state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh draped a long, slim arm around a student's neck and drew him close for a chat. Never mind that they had just met. Or that Pugh, with only days left before the Democratic primary on Tuesday, was running late for her next campaign event. "She feels very real," gushed Brandon Mitchell, a 21-year-old Morgan senior. "No matter how busy she is, she'll stop and talk to you." It was classic Cathy Pugh: Taking a little extra time with a person, even pulling him or her physically close. She applies the same charm in Annapolis, grasping arms instead of...

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