Fun facts about the D.C. special election results!


For instance, winner Vincent Orange did not win any precinct that Vincent Gray did not also win against Adrian Fenty in September — though Patrick Mara won six Gray precincts, and Sekou Biddle and Bryan Weaver each won two Gray precincts.

Another fun fact: Orange won only two of the 27 precincts he won in the primary, when contending for the council chairmanship against Kwame Brown — Precinct 68 (North Brookland/Ward 5) and Precinct 72 (Langdon/Ward 5). Mara won all but one of the others. (Orange also won Precinct 67/Michigan Park, which he and Brown tied in.)

For a visual breakdown of the at-large D.C. Council tallies, check out the maps of the special election results constructed by activist Keith Ivey and posted on Martin Austermuhle’s Four26DC.com Web site. The graphic above is Ivey’s map of who won a plurality in each precinct — Orange is orange, Mara is blue, Biddle is red and Weaver is green.

Many absentee and provisional ballots are still to be counted, though they are not expected to change the results. After the jump, many more facts and figures.

Vincent Orange’s five best precincts

• 77.3 percent — Precinct 96, Capitol View/Grant Park/Ward 7, voting at Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church

• 74.6 percent — Precinct 106, Benning Ridge/Ward 7, voting at Davis Elementary School

• 73.3 percent — Precinct 126, Bellvue/Ward 8, voting at Patterson Elementary School

• 71.8 percent — Precinct 139, Fort Lincoln/Ward 5, voting at Marshall Elementary School

• 71.6 percent — Precinct 94, south Deanwood/Ward 7, voting at Merritt Elementary School

Vincent Orange’s five worst precincts

• 3.2 percent — Precinct 12, Massachusetts Avenue Heights/Cathedral Heights/Ward 3, voting at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church

• 3.3 percent — Precinct 27, Cleveland Park/Ward 3, voting at John Eaton Elementary School

• 3.7 percent — Precinct 25, Kalorama/west Adams Morgan/Ward 1, voting at Goodwill Baptist Church

• 3.8 percent — Precinct 89, Capitol Hill/Ward 6, voting at Hine Junior High School

• 4.1 percent — Precinct 31, Tenleytown/AU Park/Ward 3, voting at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church

Patrick Mara’s five best precincts

• 73.0 percent — Precinct 9, Spring Valley/Ward 3, voting at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church

• 71.2 percent — Precinct 12, Massachusetts Avenue Heights/Cathedral Heights/Ward 3, voting at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church

• 65.0 percent — Precinct 10, Wesley Heights/Ward 3, voting at Horace Mann Community Center

• 61.7 percent — Precinct 5, east Georgetown/Ward 2, voting at Christ Episcopal Church

• 61.2 percent — Precinct 4, West End/Ward 2, voting at West End Public Library

Patrick Mara’s five worst precincts

• 0.0 percent — Precinct 96, Capitol View/Grant Park/Ward 7, voting at Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church

• 0.0 percent — Precinct 93, north Deanwood/Ward 7, voting at Houston Elementary School

• 0.4 percent — Precinct 124, Washington Highlands/Ward 8, voting at Covenant Baptist Church

• 0.7 percent — Precinct 115, Garfield Heights/Knox Hill/Ward 8, voting at 7D Police Station

• 0.7 percent — Precinct 139, Fort Lincoln/Ward 5, voting at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School

The five most engaged precincts

• 26.5 percent turnout — Precinct 62, Shepherd Park/Ward 4, voting at Shepherd Elementary School (Biddle won, with 41.1 percent)

• 22.2 percent turnout — Precinct 51, north Chevy Chase/Ward 4, voting at Lafayette Elementary School (Mara won, with 39.5 percent)

• 20.7 percent turnout — Precinct 30, Tenleytown/AU Park/Ward 3, voting at Janney Elementary School (Mara won, with 48.5 percent)

• 19.8 percent turnout — Precinct 52, south Chevy Chase/Ward 4, voting at St. John’s College High School (Mara won, with 37.7 percent)

• 18.5 percent turnout — Precinct 50, west Chevy Chase/Ward 3, voting at Chevy Chase Community Center in Ward 3 (Biddle won, with 39.7 percent)

The five least engaged precincts

• 2.3 percent turnout — Precinct 79, Carver Langston/Ward 5, voting at Browne Junior High School (Orange won, with 50.0 percent)

• 2.5 percent turnout — Precinct 107, Fort Dupont/Ward 7, voting at Sousa Middle School (Orange won, with 48.1 percent)

• 2.8 percent turnout — Precinct 76, Ivy City/Ward 5, voting at Bethesda Baptist Church (Orange won, with 58.3 percent)

• 3.2 percent turnout — Precinct 94, south Deanwood/Ward 7, voting at Merritt Elementary School (Orange won, with 71.6 percent)

• 3.2 percent turnout — Precinct 100, Mayfair/Parkside/Ward 7, voting at Thomas Elementary School (Orange won, with 63.4 percent)

The most competitive precincts (i.e., where the winner took less than 30 percent of the vote)

• Precinct 18, Shaw/Ward 2 — Mara 25.4 percent, Orange 24.6 percent, Weaver 22.7 percent, Biddle 16.2 percent

• Precinct 83, NoMa/Stanton Park/Ward 6 — Mara 25.8 percent, Orange 23.6 percent, Weaver 22.0 percent, Biddle 18.9 percent

• Precinct 38, Park View/Columbia Heights/Ward 1 — Weaver 27.5 percent, Orange 25.1 percent, Mara 14.4 percent, Biddle 14.3 percent

• Precinct 87, Hill East/Barney Circle/Ward 6 — Mara 27.7 percent, Biddle 23.9 percent, Orange 22.9 percent, Weaver 12.3 percent

• Precinct 37, Pleasant Plains/Columbia Heights/Ward 1 — Orange 28.4 percent, Weaver 25.9 percent, Biddle 15.5 percent, Mara 14.2 percent

• Precinct 21, north Shaw/Ward 1 — Mara 28.9 percent, Weaver 25.4 percent, Orange 23.1 percent, Biddle 15.6 percent

• Precinct 86, Lincoln Park/Kingman Park/Ward 6 — Mara 28.9 percent, Orange 24.4 percent, Biddle 20.3 percent, Weaver 14.2 percent

• Precinct 49, south Petworth, Ward 4 — Orange 29.5 percent, Weaver 25.3 percent, Lopez 18.9 percent, Biddle 15.8 percent

Other fun facts

• Orange won 80 precincts; Mara won 47 precincts; Weaver won 13 precincts (all in Ward 1) and Biddle won three precincts (all in Ward 4)

Joshua Lopez did his best by far in Precinct 56, voting at Truesdell Elementary School in north Petworth/Ward 4, where he took 28 percent — but he still lost to Orange, who won 33 percent. His next best showing was in Precinct 49, in south Petworth/Ward 4, where he won 18.9 percent.

• Biddle did no worse than 7.8 percent in any one precinct, meaning that he had some degree of citywide name recognition. Orange went as low as 3.2 percent in one precinct, and every other candidate had zero-vote precincts. But Biddle wasn’t popular enough in any particular place to give himself an advantage over Orange or Mara.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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