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Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake paid for polls, decided not to run for re-election

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at a news conference.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at a news conference.(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

Before announcing in September she wouldn't seek re-election, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake paid for two polls, her campaign finance records show.

The mayor paid Hart Research Associates Inc. $30,000 for a poll in April and $24,000 for a poll in September.

The results of those polls were never released.

Rawlings-Blake is sitting on $383,000 in her campaign account, more than most of the candidates running for the city's top job.

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