An article yesterday incorrectly reported the number of votes received Tuesday by Maurice Jackson, the Communist Party candidate for an at-large seat on the D.C. City Council. Jackson won 4,124 votes.
The D.C. Board of Elections confirmed yesterday that Republican Carol Schwartz had won her race for an at-large seat on the City Council by releasing figures showing that a write-in campaign for incumbent Jerry A. Moore at best had fallen 8,610 votes short of Schwartz's total.
Emmett H. Fremaux Jr., executive director of the elections board, ruled out the possibility that there are sufficient numbers of write-ins among the 10,000 uncounted absentee and special ballots for Moore to make up the difference. About a fifth of those ballots were cast in Ward 3, an affluent area of Northwest Washington that served as Schwartz's political stronghold.
"I don't think the odds are too good for Moore based on the margin and the number of ballots left to be counted," Fremaux told reporters in releasing the results of a canvass of write-ins. "He Moore did not receive a sufficient number of ballots among those cast at the polling place to be elected."
Moore, who has yet to concede defeat in his long-shot bid to retain his seat, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Incumbent City Council member John Ray (D-At Large) and Schwartz ran first and second in a field of six for the two at-large seats that were on the line in Tuesday's election.
Schwartz, a former School Board member who already has claimed victory, received a total of 50,892 votes. She ran ahead of write-in candidates with a total of 42,282 votes, Statehood Party candidate Josephine D. Butler with 41,837 votes, independent Brian Moore with 18,497 and Communist Party candidate Maurice Jackson with 1,113.
During the past two days, the elections board counted by hand every ballot in the at-large race to determine a maximum potential write-in for Moore and to see whether it could offset the apparent outcome of the race. A computer count of the ballots on election day turned up 39,748 write-ins, but not everyone who wrote in a name also punched the computer card to record such a vote.
Fremaux said there is no way of telling at this point how many of the write-in ballots were cast for Moore, although he clearly received the lion's share. In discounting the possibility that the uncounted absentee ballots might yet tip the scale in Moore's favor, Fremaux noted that many of those who cast the ballots live out of state or overseas and were not aware of the write-in campaign.
Moore, a 15-year Republican veteran of the council, ran this year for reelection with the endorsement of Mayor Marion Barry and many of Moore's Democratic colleagues on the council.
After Moore lost to Schwartz in the Republican primary, a write-in campaign for him was launched by six of the council Democrats, many of the mayor's supporters and scores of Baptist ministers. The bulk of the support for the campaign came from middle-class black communities in Wards 4 and 5.