A dampened D.C. mayoral race


Incessant rain kept this weekend’s last-ditch campaigning fairly low-key. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

With polls opening in less than 24 hours, here’s the state of the mayoral race on the micro level: Early voting turnout is down by a third compared to 2010, with polling indicating the potential for a historic low turnout. And a rainout of a weekend dampened the campaigns’ energy, with Vince Gray making an unrushed tour of east-of-the-river neighborhoods, while Muriel Bowser focused on winning voters one by one at Turkey Thicket. For a macro-level look at the race, start with Marc Fisher’s look at voters across the city who are struggling with their decision and with their thoughts about a changing city. Then move on to scandal-focused recaps from Tom Sherwood writing for Politico, The New York Times and The Washington Times.

In other news:

Police: Kahlil Tatum had “contact” with other girls at D.C. General (PostWaTimesWTOP)

Weekend search, including dive teams, comes up blank (Post)

Faced with questions about D.C. General shelter, The Community Partnership and DHS have few satisfying answers (PostHousing Complex)

With hypothermia season ending, almost 100 homeless families will lose guaranteed shelter (Post)

A mother’s account of life at D.C. General (Post)

“The safety net failed, and that must prompt a considered review of what further protections are needed to safeguard other vulnerable children from other troubled families” (Post editorial)

Six things we can do for Relisha (Post op-ed)

More from the final weekend on the campaign trail (WRC-TVLoose Lips)

Courtland Milloy: “[A]s voters head to the polls Tuesday … [Ron Machen]’s fingerprints will be on every ballot box” (Post column)

Colby King looks forward to the general election (Post column)

Another nod for Bowser, who “has an appreciation for the city’s successes that fuels her impatience to fix its failings” (Post editorial)

The late money is headed Bowser’s way (DofD)

What does Bowser really think about education? (Answer Sheet)

Gray campaign highlights that question in Web video (Loose Lips)

Andy Shallal isn’t so hot on bike lanes (DofD)

Friday’s Express cover was “a perfect vehicle for a sensational ad,” says Chuck Thies (Erik Wemple)

Vince Gray hangs on atop the LL power rankings (Loose Lips)

More than 17,000 students will learn today how they fared in newly unified school lottery (Post)

Much about school-boundary overhaul depends on Tuesday’s election result (Post)

And much school-boundary activism so far is centered on Bancroft and Lafayette elementary schools (GGW)

More positive press for Paul Strauss’s celeb-focused statehood efforts (CBS News)

A closing argument for Jim Graham (Blade)

And for Nate Bennett-Fleming (HuffPo)

Georgetown students don’t particularly care much about the election (The Hoya)

“Two Curtis Malones, two lives worlds apart” (Post Magazine)

Phil Eure, head of Office of Police Complaints, is named New York police watchdog (NYTAP)

The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is open (Nationals Journal)

Liquor-store mogul, numbers runner Jim Shay is latest to have his swagger jacked by a developer (Post column)

This year’s pre-CAS jam: “Twice Twice Baby” (PostDCist)

Federal Transit Administration questions Metro’s oversight of grant funds, leading to new spending restrictions (Post)

Inside the city’s long-term transportation plans (Dr. Gridlock)

The city is fostering tech-incentive “whiplash” (GGW)

D.C. United touts more favorable polls on stadium deal (Housing Complex)

Readers push back hard on pro-tall-buildings editorial (Post letters)

A short history of racial housing covenants in D.C. neighborhoods (WAMU-FM)

Barry Farm fire kills one (Post)

Also in Barry Farm: Derrick Eugene Williams, 35, is shot to death early Saturday (Post)

Guy convicted of possessing illegal ammo registers as a gun offender (WaTimes)

Hawk ‘n’ Dove, rest of Capitol Hill restaurant chain declares bankruptcy (WSJHill RagJDLand)

Five development teams shortlisted for D.C. Housing Authority redevelopment project (WBJ)

DCHA starts planning community center for former Capper/Carrollsburg site (JDLand)

Looks like the Fairlawn Market (formerly Yes! Organic) is closing (CHotR)

The sandwich preferences of your favorite D.C. politicos (EatASandwich.com)

Famous last words? (CWG)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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