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Vincent Gray's campaign says Mayor Adrian Fenty might have lead in early voting

Voters in D.C. cast ballots Tuesday in the closely watched Democratic primary race for mayor between Adrian Fenty and Vincent C. Gray.

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Abraham accused a Gray supporter of becoming violent Saturday at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, another early-voting location. "A lady who supports Gray slapped the bullhorn out of one of my friend's hands when he was out campaigning for Fenty," said Abraham, whose organization has gotten millions of dollars in city contracts since Fenty took office in 2007. "His natural response was to push back, but I told him not to do that. But something has got to be done. These kinds of things have been happening pretty regularly."

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The campaign was expected to take a turn Tuesday night when Moten was scheduled to debate Barry on the Fox newscast about their choices for mayor.

On the campaign trail, Gray continued to make inroads with environmentalists Tuesday, when he signed a pledge to clean up six toxic sites along the Anacostia River over the next four years if elected mayor.

Dottie Yunger, the Anacostia Riverkeeper, said Fenty was also invited to the ceremony near the Navy Yard on the banks of the river, but his office did not respond. Brent Bolin, director of advocacy for the Anacostia Watershed Society, said the Fenty administration has been hesitant to embrace efforts to get the Environmental Protection Agency to designate Superfund sites near the river out of fear that it could jeopardize economic development.

"This guy has been mayor going on four years, and I have not seen the aggressive advocacy needed to move forward on cleaning up the river," said Gray, who has been endorsed by the Sierra Club.

Fenty kept a light campaign schedule Tuesday. But John Falcicchio, the mayor's campaign manager, sent Gray a letter asking him to "provide a full explanation" about some of his alleged friends and associates. On Tuesday, a Washington Times story detailed past controversies involving Vernon Hawkins, developer William C. Smith and businessman Emmanuel Bailey, all of whom have at least loose ties to Gray.

Falcicchio wanted to know why Gray didn't recuse himself when he voted on the council for a development project spearheaded by Smith while Smith was doing work on his home. He also demanded to know why the council added Bailey to the city's lucrative lottery contract and whether, if elected, Gray would pledge not to do business with Hawkins, the director of the Department of Human Services during Barry's fourth term.

Elleithee fired back a letter to Falcicchio, citing numerous newspaper stories and editorials that have questioned Fenty's ethics.


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