Update 12:12 p.m. All winners are established, except for the too-close-to-call race for incumbent Vincent Orange’s at-large seat.
Update 11:07 p.m. Marion Barry wins Democratic primary for his council seat, along with other incumbents Muriel Browser and Yvette Alexander.
Update 9:34 p.m.: Mitt Romney wins D.C. primary, AP says.
Voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide, among other issues, several hotly contested Democratic primaries for D.C. Council seats.
Presidential primary: Mitt Romney has won the District of Columbia Republican primary. Rick Santorum did not seek to appear on the ballot.
At Large: In the only citywide council
race, Vincent B. Orange held a narrow, 500-vote lead over challenger Sekou Biddle. Elections officials also cautioned that there are as many as 1,700 absentee and provisional ballots, which will be counted by April 13.
Other candidates were activist and minister E. Gail Anderson Holness, and former Prince George’s County council member Peter Shapiro.
On the Republican side, Mary Brooks Beatty is running unopposed.
Updated 11:07 a.m . Ward 4: Muriel Bowser (D) defeated Renee L. Bowser, Calvin Gurley, Baruti Jahi, Judi Jones and Max Skolnik.
Updated 11:20 a.m : Ward 7: Yvette M. Alexander defeated former teacher Tom Brown and attorney Kevin B. Chavous. Republican voters will choose between activist Ron Moten and businessman Don Folden Sr.
Ward 8: Former mayor Marion Barry won a third consecutive term against four Democratic challengers, including activist Jacque Patterson and consultant Natalie Williams.
Ward 2: Jack Evans (D) won, running for a sixth full term without opposition.
Shadow legislators: Democrat Nate Bennett-Fleming was voted “shadow representative” and incumbent Michael D. Brown defeated Pete Ross and will face Nelson F. Rimensnyder, who was unopposed for the GOP nomination, in the general election.
The city’s nonvoting congressional delegate,
Eleanor Holmes Norton, is also unopposed in her Democratic run for an 11th term. She will
likely face a Statehood Green candidate — Natale Lino Stracuzzi, who is running in that party’s primary unopposed — in November.
Also at the polls on Tuesday was an effort to place an initiative on the November ballot to ban corporate contributions to city political campaigns. More than 20,000 signatures are needed to get the question on the ballot.