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Vince vs. Muriel

Do voters really care about accusations of corruption against D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's? New polling data show how scandal is impacting the race. (Theresa Poulson/The Washington Post)


Eight mayoral candidates will appear on the Democratic primary ballot Tuesday, but it is increasingly clear that only two — incumbent Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) — have a reasonable chance of victory. A new Washington Post poll shows the two statistically tied among likely voters, with Bowser growing to 30 percent support and Gray holding steady at 28 percent. Bowser appears to have more room to grow, but Gray retains a solid base of loyal supporters and the resources to get them to the polls. Meanwhile, council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) remains steady at 14 percent but has been unable to capitalize on concerns about government ethics, while colleague Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has seen roughly half his support erode over the past 10 weeks.

In other news:

WRC-TV/Marist poll: Bowser 28 percent, Gray 26 percent, plus or minus 3.5 points (WRC-TV)

David Catania would not fare so well against Muriel Bowser, poll shows (DofD)

Vince Gray has most money in the bank for final week (PostLoose LipsWAMU-FMAP)

Jim Graham turns tables on Brianne Nadeau, accuses her of wheedling for city housing assistance (Post)

“Would it make sense to build a brand new $300 million hospital in Ward 8?” (WBJ)

Ron Moten debuts another Vince Gray (DofDLoose LipsWashingtonianDCist)

91-year-old former ANC commissioner: “It saddens me to say it, but this is the worst city government I’ve ever witnessed” (Post column)

New video of Relisha Rudd and suspected abductor Kahlil Tatum (Post)

Vince Gray: Social workers “really worked hard in order to protect this child” (WUSA-TV)

Gray and Jack Evans are the only D.C. candidates gung-ho on a new football stadium at RFK site (GGW)

Anita Bonds: Yes, I am effective (Post letter)

Her senior-citizen property tax bill is headed for congressional review (AP)

Bird carcasses found: Santeria in Rock Creek Park? (PostWTTG-TV)

Yes, the Georgetown student said to have made ricin was inspired by “Breaking Bad” (PostWTTG-TV)

City figures out how to get homeless families out of rec centers (Housing ComplexDCist)

Washington Monument reopens May 12 (Post)

How does The Coupe hope to get millennials engaged in local politics? Candidate-themed cocktails (Young & Hungry)

A renovated Dance Place will anchor a rapidly changing Brookland (Post)

Heavy developer interest in Navy Yard WMATA site; no interest in Fort Totten parcel (WBJ)

Changes come Sunday to 80, W1 and W4 Metrobus routes (Dr. Gridlock)

RIP Lamont Video (PoPville)

Yay, Jeff Coudriet Way! (Blade)

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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