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DC Mayoral Primary Grinds To A Close

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- The final evening of a mayoral primary campaign that has become a referendum on the leadership of incumbent Adrian Fenty saw Fenty and chief challenger, City Council Chairman Vincent Gray, making a final appeal for votes across the city.

Gray, planning to stop campaigning in time to catch at least some of a network football game, met commuters at a SW METRO station saying his campaign has become far more than a vehicle for an anti-Fenty vote. Poll show him with a comfortable lead, prompting reporters to ask if a victory Tuesday means he won instead of meaning Fenty lost.

"Certainly I would like to think that I won. We've heard people in many instances talk about anybody but Fenty, we'll vote for another candidate.

Mayoral Race Becomes Referendum On Incumbent

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Only days are left before a DC election day that will decide who leads the city for the next four years, an election that has come down to a referendum on whether the youngest mayor in Washington's history can keep his job.

The polls say the answer is no; suggesting Adrian Fenty's personality has alienated the city's Black population even as that population concedes the city has gotten better in some ways under his administration.

Poll Leader, City Council Chairman Vincent Gray is trying not to bobble his lead in the final days of the campaign. Fenty is scrambling to catch up.

Both men appeared Friday on the Politics Program With Mark Plotkin on WTOP Radio, making little news as each tried to say anything that would hurt them on election day.

"Night Goat and Other Flights of Fancy" Art Show on Display in H Street Corridor

This Saturday, September 11th, the City Gallery on H Street NE will host the opening of "Night Goat and other Flights of Fancy". 

The exhibit features work by artist Ellen Cornett, and will run from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m..  Admission to the exhibit is free of charge.

City Gallery is located at 804 H Street NE, in the heart of the H Street Corridor.

"Night Goat and other Flights of Fancy" will be on display at the City Gallery until September 25th.

New Poll: Gray Leads Fenty

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A poll by Clarus Research Group released late Wednesday afternoon shows City Council Chairman Vincent Gray with a comfortable lead over incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary election that will be held next Tuesday.

The Clarus poll shows Gray with an seven-point lead among likely Democratic voters with Gray ahead 45 to 38 percent.

The poll shows a racial divide among Democratic voters, with Gray leading Fenty 62 percent to 17 percent among African American voters and Fenty leading Gray 68 percent to 22 percent among White voters.

"I think what's fascinating about the poll, three things:

Number one: the incumbent mayor has consistently run behind this challenger.

"Number two: a deep racial divide in the electorate and

"Number three: the importance of election-day turnout, which will ultimately determine the winner," said Ron Faucheux of the Clarus Poll.

DC Primary: One Week To Go

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- There is but one week to go before DC Democrats go to the polls to select their candidate for Mayor, a move that always leads to the Democrats winning in November in DC.

DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray is leading in the polls by 17 percent among likely voters according to a Washington Post poll.

On Tuesday he said complacency is his biggest concern and getting his people to the polls. Mayor Fenty who four years ago won every precinct is trying to cut into that 17 points by targeting undecided and soft voters.

If he can't expand the number of likely voters he's in big trouble of becoming a one term Mayor.

Critics say Fenty won 52 percent of the vote four years ago; but has failed to expand his base. Fenty landed the endorsement of the Examiner newspaper today. He already has the Washington Post endorsement.

African History and Culture Lecture Series at Woodridge Library

Check out the schedule for the upcoming African History & Culture lecture series at the Woodridge Library on Wednesdays taking place throughout October and November:

Early Voting Locations In DC

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--Beginning Monday, August 30th District voters, for the first time, will be allowed to do early voting.  This will last until September 13th for the Primary.

Early voting hours will be 8:30am through 7pm.  Voters can cast their ballots at the following location beginning Monday:

One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, NW

Beginning on Saturday, September 4 from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM, four additional early voting locations will open:

Chevy Chase Community Center
5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Hine Junior High School
335 8th Street, SE

Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
701 Mississippi Avenue, SE

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
1100 Michigan Avenue, NE

Please note that early voting centers will not be open on Sunday, September 5 or Sunday, September 12. Voting locations will be open on Monday, September 6 (Labor Day).