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Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 08/29/2010

'Underdog' Fenty says Gray's record will reverse the polls

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By Tim Craig
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said Sunday that he's the "underdog" in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary but that he believes he can fend off Vincent C. Gray once voters and the media closely examine Gray's record.

"I think the truth of the matter is while a significant part of the election cycle is behind us, I think in the last 16 days of an election anything can happen," Fenty said at a news conference in the parking lot of United Medical Center in Southeast Washington.

The mayor summoned reporters to the hospital so he could respond to Sunday's Washington Post poll that showed Gray with a 17-point lead among likely voters in the primary.

Fenty said he will be redoubling his efforts to reach out to voters, especially African Americans, to try to ease any concerns they have about his personality and leadership style.

He also urged the media to take a closer look at Gray's record, citing several recent controversies about work performed last year on Gray's home and his role in awarding a new lottery contract to a businessman who may have had ties to some council members.

"He is the one who has two ethics investigations he is going to have to answer to," Fenty said.

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