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Bowser Beats Gray to Win Ward 8 Straw Poll

Muriel Bowser

Muriel Bowser stomped over Vince Gray Saturday to win the Democratic straw poll in the Gray stronghold of Ward 8.

Bowser won 127 votes in the Ward 8 Democrats poll at Turner Elementary, beating out Ward 7 resident Gray, who only received 94 votes. (That was good for about 41 percent for Bowser, though another 38 ballots cast by people whose Ward 8 residence couldn't immediately be confirmed may be counted later.)

"He can't muster up 100 votes in his neighboring ward," says Bowser campaign manager Bo Shuff.

Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies blamed the surprise loss on the Bowser campaign's organizing efforts around the poll. "This event is by no means indicative of the electorate in Ward 8," Thies says.

Possible sour grapes aside, Thies has a point. Tuesday's Washington Post poll found Gray receiving 34 percent of the vote from combined survey results from Ward 7 and 8, while Bowser came in third with only 10 percent.

After the straw poll, Gray's campaign put out a statement blaming the straw poll loss on not getting enough people to the event. Then it followed up with another release, this time with another quote from Thies and a screenshot of the Washington Post poll data.

Bowser looked as fiery as she's been in the race, accusing Gray in a forum before the voting of spending the city's park money on gentrifying neighborhoods like NoMa while ignoring Ward 8. Gray shot back that he could one-up Bowser's proposal for a deputy mayor devoted to the Wards 7 and 8.

"You don't need a Deputy Mayor for East of the River Strategy, you need a mayor who's going to be focused on east of the river, and by the way, I live east of the river," Gray said.

Vincent Orange came in third in the poll with 40 votes. Tommy Wells and Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal received 13 votes, while Jack Evans, who polled second only to Gray in Wards 7 and 8 last week, receiving only 10 votes. Reta Lewis received only two votes, a low that looks even lower when you consider that non-mayoral candidate Marion Barry, who missed the debate to be treated for a blood infection, received one vote himself.

The forum held took a strange turn early in, with longshot candidate Christian Carter, once so eager to get into debates that he crashed them, announcing in his opening statement that he's dropping out of the race. Carter was facing two challenges to his petitions to get on the ballot that he had previously insisted to LL wouldn't be a problem.

With a little less than 40 percent of the vote, Bowser didn't cross the 60 percent threshold needed to win the group's backing. Shuff says he's not worried about failing to win the endorsement.

"On Election Day, it's about getting one more than the other guy," Shuff says. "And we've got, what, 38 more than him?"

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • drez

    There are now more posts on this blog about done city gray than votes he received in the Ward 8 strawpoll.
    Sockpuppets unite!

  • tony

    Come on TOM...You seem like you're struggling. Don’t get weak on me now.

    Hey TOM, put on your big ole’ straw hat and go down to Muriel “lick lick” Bowser campaign office and get yourself a $25.00 gift card. And then go over to her favorite store-Walmart- and buy yourself a couple cans of spam. Don’t forget to get some water too. You need something to cool your “hot” azz off.

    I am just trying to be helpful...lol!
    Man this shit is too funny.

  • SEis4ME

    *blank stare*

  • schoolman

    HUAlum71 and Tony:

    The two of you now full well that you lost this debate several comments ago.

  • schoolman

    SEis4ME:

    You have to read through a number of previous commentaries to understand. Tony is clowning now because that is his "default" response. His pride is hurt.. he is embarrassed ... and he is trying to redeem himself in the only way he knows how -- by joking around.

  • eddie

    Tell me about it! That Tony is a clown "for real."

  • noodlez

    DOWNTOWN RESIDENT JUST RELAX AND LET IT GO!

    MAYOR GRAY WILL WIN THE 2014 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR MAYOR OF THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY. ACCEPT IT. EMBRACE IT. RELISH IN IT.

    "If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future." Winston Churchill

    "The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." Albert Einstein

    U REALLY NEED A DIFFERENT THEME THAN TO CONTINUE TO TOOT THAT SAME OL' TUNE.

    THE ONE CITY RE-UP APRIL 2014

  • tony

    "I have more respect for a man who lets me know where he stands, even if he's wrong. Than the one who comes up like an angel and is nothing but a devil."
    --Malcolm X

  • drez

    There's an inch and a quarter of snow on the ground at 5:30pm. Not even enough to break a sweat shoveling, or to properly go sledding.
    And this cancelled school and the government today.
    #notflinty.

  • schoolman

    Tony:

    There you go! Keep it coming .. proud of you (#106)!

  • tony

    THE GRAY'S EXPRESS TRAIN WILL KEEP COMING FULL STEAM AHEAD!

    SEE YOU ON ELECTION DAY!

  • noodlez

    @TONY-I SEE U SHADOWBOXING ON THESE BAMMAS!
    DON'T BREAK STRIDE KEEP RUNNING THOSE CHUMPS OVA.

  • DCShadyBoots

    Glad feds and the District shut down. Today we see pavement. Good move.

  • LongTimeRez

    August 28, 1963: Malcolm observes the March on Washington, which he calls a "farce." Malcolm claims the demonstration was "run by whites in front of a statue of a president who has been dead for a hundred years and who didn't like us when he was alive."

    February 21, 1965: Malcolm X is assassinated while speaking at an OAAU rally in Harlem; three members of the Nation of Islam are later convicted despite the fact that the assailant apprehended at the scene Talmadge Hayer insisted that his two co-defendants are innocent.

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