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On Election Night, a Happy Jack (But Not an Ecstatic One)


Jack Evans' dominant campaign-signage game continued all the way through election night, when the sidewalk abutting Stoney's Lounge on P Street NW was stuffed with more red card-stock than a massacred paper mill. Inside, a Jack Evans banner was less lucky: As it peeled from the walls of Stoney's second-floor bar, Evans supporters rushed to pin it back up. They couldn't get it to stick.

Other things that didn't quite stick: the field of mayoral candidates. After arriving here around 9:15 p.m., the Ward 2 councilmember said he'd seen low turnout throughout the day. Evans hit every ward today, including, in the late afternoon and early evening, wards 7 and 8, where he said he saw "not one voter" at three precincts and small numbers elsewhere.

"There was no candidate that electrified you," Evans said. Asked whether he had electrified people, he said he had in wards 2 and 3. If other wards had low turnout but "everyone in two and three turned out for me, we'd have a shot." He wasn't discounting that possibility yet. "It's anybody's guess," Evans said when asked who he though would win. (One other culprit for the low turnout? The weather, Evans said, blaming this weekend's precipitation for dampening the mood.)

Evans said he's still hoping to pass legislation that would alter some D.C. election practices, like its closed primaries, fundraising limits that prevent candidates from raising funds separately for primary and general elections, and the April primary date. (The D.C. Council did consider, then opted against, changing that last one.)

Despite Evans' poor showing in recent polls, the mood at Stoney's was jovial, if a bit heavier than normal on older white men with ties. (There were also plenty of younger white men with ties.) As supporters waited for a second round of bar food, one Evans staffer made sure I noted that the party was serving meat. (Earlier in the day, Evans quipped that opponent Tommy Wells' election-night party was "probably at some vegetarian place.") Another Evans supporter booed when NewsChannel8 showed footage of the Wells campaign.

Evans, drinking a Coke, made the rounds, shaking hands with supporters and dispensing back pats. Asked why he wasn't drinking something stiffer, he said, "Later on."

Photo by Jonathan L. Fischer

  • just visiting

    who wants that dang job anyway?

  • DCPeopleWhoThink

    Until Evans learn how to deal with diversity, s with Black Americans he will NEVER win in DC -- like it or not.

    This is a honest fact.

  • Hack

    The age of campaign signage influencing elections is OVER; it's a waste of money and at best merely just a mini job program for the unions trolls who create them.

    Can't blame the weather or schedules since we have Saturday and early voting opportunities.

    As the most senior 20+ year Ward Councilmember, he didn't even inspire his own Ward 2 base (which he lost) to put him over the top; he'd be Mayor if he just went door to door in Ward 2 alone, eschewed #AllOtherWards, and/or promised to give $100 bills to every voter who voted for him leaving the polls (even though many would lie) — over the two week early voting period through election day.

    Bowser didn't inspire the majority of those sitting on the bench this election cycle to vote, but she's a relative newbie, and like Obama, she was only interested in target campaigning to supporter rich areas.

    She (her team) gets much props for ousting Gray who all sources pretty much assumed would win in the days and months before April.

    The head of the finance committee should know how to spend his own donors' money more wisely. But the tax lien scandal which was squarely under his over sight did him no favors, though, as Jack's eyes were wide shut, a lot of his greedy speculator/realtor friends didn't bat any eye taking homes from veterans, retired seniors, old black church ladies, and the disabled.

    His base — the corporations and developers came out to vote for their candidates with donations, but the voters are no longer being duped to vote for those on corporate welfare.