Washington, DC, United States (4E) – D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) won the Democratic mayoral primary in the District on Tuesday denying scandal-plagued incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray a second term.
Bowser, 41, topped the primary with 35,899 votes to runner-up Gray’s 26,209 votes after a delayed tabulation of precinct ballots due to the improper shutdown of five or six vote-counting machines, according to Washington Post. Gray, 71, conceded defeat shortly before midnight when results from 89 percent of precinct saw him trailing Bowser 33 percent to 44 percent.
Bowser also beat four other candidates trailing Gray, but she will still face challenger and council colleague David A. Catania (I-At large) in the November general election. DC is dominated by Democrat voters.
Bowser, who took over the Ward 4 seat left by former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in a 2007 special election, trailed Gray by double digits in polls early in the campaign. A federal corruption investigation into Gray’s 2010 campaign eroded his support base and Bowser attracted the anti-Gray voters.
Federal prosecutors revealed that Gray had benefited from more than $650,000 of secret spending from businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson, the city’s largest contractor. The secret spending also violates campaign funding laws.
With his loss, Gray becomes the second consecutive DC mayor to serve only one term like his predecessor Fenty.