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Campaigning in Ward 8, Marion Barry Thinks Low Turnout Helps Vince Gray


Recovering from his recent hospitalization isn't stopping four-term mayor Marion Barry from trying to win a second term for Vince Gray. The mayor-for-life turned Ward 8 D.C. councilmember is spending the afternoon hitting polling places.

While he's seeing a lot of his ward, the trouble is that Barry hasn't run into many voters today. When Barry arrived at the Union Temple Baptist polling site, he found only campaign workers—although one Muriel Bowser supporter was so excited to take a picture with him that he may have won Gray a vote anyway.

While turnout has been down so far across the city, Barry thinks that means good things for Gray. It means fewer votes from the "white people who don't like him," according to Barry. And he predicts a post-work surge from Barry's African-American base.

"We vote late, "Barry says. "Black people vote in the afternoon."

Photo by Will Sommer

  • Sylvie

    Shameless racial demagoguery.

  • Fabrisse

    My office is a polling place today. When I went out for lunch, I saw plenty of people voting and the ones I overheard thought Gray lacked energy.

  • Dr.Kervokian


    And Browser lacks a brain!

  • orange is the new gray area

    and this is why vincent orange will come from behind and finish, oh, 6th.

  • orange is the new gray area

    is apathology a word?

  • orange is the new gray area

    does anyone care?

  • Brown sugar

    Love your for Life @mayor for Life

  • Brown sugar

    Alot of folks are tire of the talk and no action, DC residents are suffering due to not having statehood. All of dc need to protest and go to the hill and fight. Dc needs a Ride or Die Mayor, you really need folks that are from here and have been here for a period of time that understand the system and that is for the people and not themselves.

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