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Wells: Gray Voters Split Evenly Between Wells, Evans, and Bowser

Mayoral hopeful Tommy Wells looks pretty good in the campaign poll the Post published earlier this week. Facing Jack Evans, Muriel Bowser, and a hypothetical re-election bid from Mayor Vince Gray, Wells fell slightly behind Bowser and nearly within the margin of error against survey leader Gray. In a fundraising letter today, Wells touted the results, calling the race "a dead heat."

Wells' campaign isn't talking about another, unreleased survey, though. As part of the campaign's nearly $15,000 payment to pollster Celinda Lake, Lake asked respondents who they would vote for if the mayor stayed out. The survey showed that the mayor's voters would split evenly between the three councilmembers, Wells tells LL, leaving Bowser still slightly ahead.

LL is skeptical that Wells and Evans would actually make off with two-thirds of Gray's voters, but we'll have to leave it there for now—Wells says that he won't be releasing any more poll results.

Lake's firm also surveyed respondents on what the race would look like if Evans or Bowser wasn't in the race. "I get Jack's vote, but Jack gets Muriel's vote," Wells says.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Candy Crush Champ!

    Tommy Wells has as much chance of being Mayor of Washington DC, as Mel Brooks has of being Pope.

    If you don't like Gray you are not likely to care for any of the sitting councilmembers. And least of them, Tommy--I have not done anything except charge you 5 cent for a bag-Wells.

    You like his personality but he reminds you of the college professor with chalk on his elbows.

    If you do like Gray or don't think he has mess things up...the devil you know mantra is going to win out. And this might as well be his slogan. Most voters, won't care or love Gray but they will say--we can do worst.

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