Muriel Bowser wins

In the end, it wasn’t even close. D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser succeeded wildly in attracting voters who were, in her campaign mantra, “ready for a fresh start,” beating incumbent Vincent C. Gray by 11 points. Bowser racked up majorities in three wards and pluralities in three others, leaving Gray with only his east-of-the-river base. And, in a political death knell for Gray, even those voters in wards 7 and 8 weren’t there for him in the proportions they were there for him four years ago. Starting now: nine months of uncertainty, lame-duckitude and possible federal indictment.

Elsewhere: WRC-TVWTTG-TVWJLA-TVWUSA-TVAPWaTimesBladeDCistCNNLoose LipsWAMU-FMSlateNYTTimePoliticoUSA Today, Reuters, BloombergWSJAljazeera America.

In other news:

Muriel Bowser steps at last into the spotlight (Post)

A city turns on Vincent Gray: “The mayor of my city, calling a grown man uncle” (Post)

The results, mapped (Post)

Turnout was dismal (Post)

The count was a mess (DofDPost editorialWAMU-FM)

Down goes Jim Graham; Charles Allen beats Darrel Thompson; Anita Bonds is headed for full term (PostLoose LipsWAMU-FM)

D.C. voters cast their ballots for integrity (Post editorialPost column)

The election may be over, Courtland Milloy says, but our city’s divides will persist (Post column)

Eight wards, eight voters, eight decisions (Post)

David Catania made the most of Election Day (Post)

Having two X chromosomes cuts both ways for Muriel Bowser (She the People)

Bowser’s quiet but steady rise to power (WaTimes)

Bowser won the votes of one homeless family (Housing Complex)

What the election means for the D.C. United stadium deal (Soccer Insider)

A pre-election polling postmortem (HuffPo)

Body found in Kenilworth Park is indeed Kahlil Tatum’s; still no sign of Relisha (Post)

Taxi Commission ponders ridesharing regulations (WAMU-FM)

The Post could be moving to Franklin Square (Capital BusinessWBJHousing Complex)

Phil Mendelson responds to FOP attacks (

Tommy Wells protests that he’s doing very well in unscientific polls (Roll Call)

Jack Evans makes fun of Wells on Twitter (@EvansForMayor)

Andy Shallal leaves door open to another political run (WAMU-FM)

Metro needs to learn to manage its money (Post)

A look at late enrollment in the D.C. health insurance exchange (WBJ)

What Chicago could learn from D.C.’s school reform struggles (TPM)

Inside D.C. cab riders’ complaints (City Desk)

Citibike struggles where Capital Bikeshare succeeds (Wonkblog)

Charles Melvin Parrish, 22, in shot dead on Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue (Post)

76-year-old man charged with arson in fire that killed his wife (Post)

“Segregated” affordable housing is fine with us, thanks for asking (SALM)

Rounding up the April Fools’ Day blog posts so I don’t have to (Curbed)

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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