Despite being all but assured to win the Nov. 2 general election, D.C. Council Chairman Vince C. Gray is launching a final push to turn out supporters and win over skeptics who may not have supported him in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary for mayor.
As early as today, residents in certain sections of the city will receive a mail piece from the Gray campaign that features a picture of his onetime rival, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).
The literature, according to sources within the Gray campaign, also includes quotes of Fenty praising the chairman. The mail campaign is heavily focused on Northwest, where Fenty trounced Gray in the primary.
The Gray campaign is also launching a new ad on black radio this weekend. The ad reminds African Americans, who overwhelmingly supported Gray in the primary, that they still need to turn out for the general election.
The efforts, which have been planned for weeks, come as a small but dogged group of Fenty supporters are continuing efforts to get voters to write in the mayor instead of voting for Gray in the general election.
-- Tim Craig