D.C. voting results: Orange, Grosso win at-large seats, Mendelson will remain chairman


Voters are in line at Union Temple Baptist Church in Southeast Washington on Tuesday. (Jared Soares/THE WASHINGTON POST)
November 6, 2012

In the District, voters turned out across the city to fill six seats on the D.C. Council — two at-large seats and four Ward representatives. They also voted to select a chairman to finish out the term vacated by Kwame R. Brown.

In addition, voters decided on three charter amendments inspired by the Council’s troubled recent history: One would establish a mechanism for expelling members of the council, and he others would make a mayor or Council member convicted of a felony while in office ineligible to hold that office.

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12:16 a.m. — D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton trounces two opponents to return to Congress, Shadow Senator

Democrat Michael D. Brown beats back challengers to return to Congress and voters elect Democrat Nate Bennett-Fleming as shadow representative. For full totals read here.

11:50 p.m. D.C. voters approve charter amendments.

11:45 p.m. — D.C. Council member Vincent Orange wins re-election to at-large seat, while Independent David Grosso defeats Independent Michael Brown in D.C. Council race. One of the best-funded candidates in District races this year, Grosso unseated an incumbent besieged by controversy, including an investigation into how more than $100,000 disappeared from his campaign account.

11:40 p.m. — Democrat Yvette Alexander beats former Peaceoholics activist and Republican Ron Moten in D.C. Council race for Ward 7. Longtime D.C. Council member Marion Barry easily returns to his Ward 8 seat. Muriel E. Bowser (Ward 4) and Jack Evans (Ward 2) were unopposed.

11:35 p.m. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson fends off challenger Calvin Gurley. District voters approve of the Democrat to fill out the term of former chairman Kwame R. Brown, who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal bank fraud charges.

11:00 p.m. With 83 percent of the precincts reporting, Democrat Vincent Orange has 36 percent of the vote, with health care executive David Grosso, an Independent, with 21 percent. Embattled incumbent Michael A. Brown, (I), is third with 15 percent of the vote.

10:18 p.m. — Obama garners more than 90 percent of the vote.

9:43 -- Some D.C. residents are still voting, with as many as 29 polling places still open.

9:39 p.m. Early votes are in for the District’s hotly contested race for two at-Large Council seats, with Democratic Council member Vincent Orange taking the lead, followed by health care executive David Grosso and embattled incumbent Michael A. Brown.

8:56 p.m.— Obama wins D.C., other battleground states too close to call.

8 p.m. — Polls close in the District.

Annie Gowen is The Post’s India bureau chief and has reported for the Post throughout South Asia and the Middle East.
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