Holding a campaign sign over his head, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) was surrounded Monday morning by volunteers and workers, chanting, "Four more years!" outside the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics on the first day of early voting in the Sept. 14 primary.
Supporters for Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray rebutted with the sing-song: "...hey, hey, hey, goodbye."
But the Gray campaign was outnumbered as Fenty's supporters grew louder.
More than a dozen labor unions and organizations that have endorsed Gray are scheduled to join the chairman for a news conference at 9 a.m. in front of the government building at Judiciary Square.
Fenty's Ward 4 campaign coordinator Josh Lopez spoke into a megaphone: "Old and washed out. Linda Cropp in 2006. Vincent Gray today."
A Washington Post poll published Sunday showed Gray with a 17-point lead among likely voters, and Fenty acknowledged his underdog status.
Monday morning, Lopez highlighted the mayor's accomplishments, talking about the city's win last week of $75 million in the Obama's Race to the Top education reform grant competition.
Today through Friday, voters can cast their ballots at one site -- One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, N.W. Beginning Saturday, four additional early voting locations will open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are:
- 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
Early voting centers will not be open Sept. 5 or Sept. 12. Voting locations will be open on Sept. 6 (Labor Day).
Voters can also request absentee ballots by going here. Requests for a mailed absentee ballot are due Sept. 7.
--Nikita Stewart and Lori Aratani