The D,.C. Board of Elections has only counted 7 percent of precincts at of 10 p.m. Tuesday, but The Associated Press is projecting D.C. Council chairman Vincent C. Gray the city's next mayor.
The slow-pace count at the board of elections on Tuesday night is reminiscent of the Sept. 14 primary vote, when the employees at the board of elections did not come up with a final tally for city contests until well after midnight.
Meanwhile, voting officials in Virginia had managed to tabulate almost 2 million votes.
Sally MacDonald, a third-time observer with the Federation of Citizen Associations, said this year's pace is better than the past several election cycles going back to 2008. She said the staff is "much more" experienced, but officials "need to organize the space better."
She admitted, however, that D.C. process is still slower than surrounding jurisdictions, including Virginia.