Vincent Gray wins D.C. mayor's race over Adrian Fenty

Voters in D.C. cast ballots Tuesday in the closely watched Democratic primary race for mayor between Adrian Fenty and Vincent C. Gray.
By Michael Ruane, Fredrick Kunkle and Mike DeBonis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 15, 2010; 1:41 AM

Vincent C. Gray has won the D.C. mayoral race, besting incumbent Adrian M. Fenty, according to unofficial results.

The vote tally just after 1:30 a.m. was Gray by 59,285; Fenty, 50,850.

Earlier, anxious supporters of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and challenger Vincent C. Gray were crowded into their respective election night headquarters as the first results of the District's democratic primary election began to roll in.

In the Grand Ballroom II of the the Washington Court Hotel, Gray backers cheered as the early returns were posted.

As he watched the news being shown on the big prjection screen Kevin Ellerbe, 47, of Fort Dupont explained his embrace of Gray and his abandonment of Fenty.

"He could have been mayor for life," Ellerbe said of Fenty, "but his arrogance got the best of him. I was one of his supporters."

The cheers erupted when a televsion program reported Gray with an early lead.

"One city, one city, one city, baby," a man shouted

Another held aloft a poster with Fenty's photo below green letter spelling the word "BYE."

The candidate's daughter, Jonice Gray Tucker, stopped the music for a minute just after 11:30 p.m. to tell the ballroom full of supporters that good news was coming.

"We know that we will be celebrating a very big victory very soon," she said.

At Fenty's headquarters in a former car dealership on Georgia avenue, just north of Missouri avenue, NW, a large glass window shattered shortly before 11 p.m., apparently injuring a bystander, who fell to the floor bleeding. It was not clear what caused the window to break, or how seriously the man was injured. Medics rushed to treat him.

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