Supporters and friends waving "Embry For Baltimore" signs shouted and hooted as Democratic mayoral candidate Elizabeth Embry walked in the Belvedere Hotel’s grand ballroom just before 10 p.m.
"I am so humbled and grateful for your support," Embry said to the room that was packed to capacity with supporters. "I just wanted to come down here and spend time with you guys as the numbers come in."
By night's end, Embry had won 12 percent of the vote and supporters, who had anxiously gathered around a screen showing projected results all night, now crowded around Embry as she took the mic.
At 10:40 p.m., she began her concession speech.
"I just called Catherine Pugh to congratulate her on her success, and told her this if she needs anything to help Baltimore, I will help her," Embry said. On the plus side, she noted that her discussions with voters leading up to the primary were full of ideas that would make Baltimore a better place in the future.
"I have never lived through an election with so much discussion about policies and issues," Embry said.
Clay Oliver, an Embry supporter and Baltimore City resident for 15 years, joined friends at the Belvedere to celebrate the campaign’s efforts and described the candidate as "a shining star [who] will do well in the future."
"She has a great position on infrastructure and jobs," Oliver said. "She's really thought these things through."
Embry thanked her supporters for everything and closed up shop by 10:50 p.m. "I look forward to helping the next mayor," Embry said. "I can't imagine her not easily winning the general election."
Someone in the audience got in the last word, yelling, "We love you, Elizabeth."