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Marion Barry wins primary: ‘Twitter got a little wild last night.’


Incumbent D.C. Council member Marion Barry (L), Charles Betton and Edna Mae Blue wait in line to vote in the primary at MLK Elementary in the District’s Ward 8. (Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

I SINCERELY thank Ward8.BUT we have got to work hard and together to realize OUR full potential!

— Marion S. Barry, Jr. (@marionbarryjr) April 4, 2012

While Barry has been painted as an increasingly lonely politician, he still walked away with 73 percent of the vote in Ward 8, the city’s poorest. On the campaign trail, Barry pointed said he was getting money to rebuild schools and recreation centers, and had overseen the renovation of thousands of housing units, according to The Post’s Tim Craig and Mike DeBonis.

Barry, 76, took the time to thank supporters — and even retweet some detracters — well past midnight Wednesday. Some of the best tweets are after the jump:

Not everyone was happy about the win.

Marion Barry? Seriously?

— mzanthropy (@mzanthropy) April 4, 2012

If you live in the 8th Ward and keep voting for Marion Barry you should look at your life decisions more carefully

— Dustin Scott (@Dustin_Supreme) April 4, 2012

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