Gray Leads Gertrude Stein Club Vote, Falls Four Votes Short of Endorsement
In an outcome that's becoming familiar in the crowded mayoral race, Vince Gray received the most votes in last night's vote by the LGBT-centric Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, but fell short of receiving the group's endorsement.
In a run-off vote, Gray received 112 votes to Evans' 74—putting the mayor just four votes short of the 116 he would have needed for the endorsement. In an earlier vote, Gray received 115 votes to Evans' 56, while rival Tommy Wells received 28. Muriel Bowser and Vincent Orange received 28 and 26 votes, respectively.
"I would've loved to have the endorsement," Gray said after the results were announced at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington. "I think my record supports being endorsed."
Second-place finisher Evans showed up to the vote with copies of 32 pro-gay bills he's backed since joining the D.C. Council. In a forum during the vote, Evans said he's been called the first gay councilmember, in the same way that Bill Clinton was called the first black president.
A caveat: Since anyone who pays a membership fee far enough in advance of the endorsement meeting can cast a ballot—including campaign staffers—the Stein vote can be swayed by deep pockets. Incumbent Shadow Paul Strauss lost the shadow senator vote by a handful of votes to wealthy challenger Pete Ross, for example, but managed to find a silver lining.
"Well, the Stein Club is richer for it," Strauss tells LL.
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