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Jenna Pfueller, left, is instructed by Lenora Gaines, right, and Trelease Williams while voting at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center during early balloting last week. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

It’s 7 a.m. on primary election day, and polls are open in the District of Columbia until 8 p.m. If you’re a regular reader of DeMorning DeBonis, you probably have a pretty good idea of the issues at stake, the personalities involved, and the outside forces shaping the Democratic mayoral race, as well as the many down-ballot races being contested Tuesday. You also probably know where to go to vote. Note that the weather is no excuse whatsoever, with today’s forecasted highs in the mid-60s earning a 10 of 10 rating from the Capital Weather Gang. So with that, enjoy these reports from a final day on the hustings, and stay with The Washington Post for the rest of the day as voters head to the polls and the returns come in.

In other news:

Body found in Kenilworth Park, dead in apparent suicide, is tentatively identified as Kahlil Tatum; no sign of Relisha Rudd (PostHomicide Watch)

Seven in 10 students in first-ever unified school lottery get a match; 85 percent of those got a top-three pick (PostWAMU-FM)

Where the mayoral campaign’s parties are (Loose Lips)

Meet your Democratic party slates (DofDLoose Lips)

Democrats aren’t the only ones voting today (WaTimes)

Darrel Thompson’s secret weapon is Dick Gephardt (Roll Call)

A reminder from Paul Zukerberg: Thanks to the D.C. Council, you will not be voting for attorney general today (HuffPo)

Gray signs marijuana decriminalization bill; will Hill now interfere? (Roll CallWAMU-FMReutersDCist)

Breaking down the mayoral campaigns’ financing (WAMU-FM)

In AMA, Tommy Wells explains his path to victory (Reddit)

Jim Graham’s less-than-convincing oversight refrain: “Why hasn’t the committee been informed about this?” (PostPartisan)

If Muriel Bowser wins, Tom Lindenfeld wins (Style Blog)

Bowser’s campaign manager is gay, doesn’t make a big deal about it (Blade)

More scene from the weekend’s campaigning (Washingtonian)

Shadow senator candidates trade nasty mailers (Loose Lips)

The Gray campaign went with a more positive Express ad Monday (Erik Wemple)

Gay activists don’t agree with FOP claim that Phil Mendelson was soft on hate crimes (Blade)

Why the District’s health exchange is working relatively well: it kept its web site simple (WBJ)

The former owner and chief creditor of Barracks Row Entertainment did not see this bankruptcy coming (Reliable Source)

Gray administration relaunches search for St. Elizabeths master developer (Capital BusinessWBJHousing Complex)

And looks to install solar panels on dozens of city buildings (WBJ)

“The number of federal employees working in the District has dropped below 200,000 for the first time in five years” (WBJ)

Fate of “Big K” site in Anacostia lies in hands of mayor’s agent on historic preservation matters (GGW)

Metro fare hike deal is done, but these questions persist (Dr. Gridlock)

The latest options for reconstructing Florida Avenue NE (GGW)

25-year sentence for Idaho man who opened fire on the White House (PostAP)

Georgetown ricin suspect will stay in jail, judge rules (Post)

The lengths to which developers will go to rent you an expensive apartment (Capital Business)

Which of the many private museum proposals have a shot? (Capital Business)

D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute hires a development director (DCFPI)

With closing of The Pleasure Place, Georgetown gets still less weird (G’town Met)

Get on the Gravy Train, D.C.’s most unusual food truck (Post column)

Coming in June: a mayor-proclaimed “Millennial Week DC” (@mikedebonisDCistCity Desk)

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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