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Will Gray Keep Rhee? Some Council Members Hope So

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is in limbo after a primary mayoral election that cost her chief benefactor his job and essentially gave it, instead, to a nominee who has refused to say if he wants her to keep her position.

Democratic Mayoral Nominee Vincent Gray ducked the question again Wednesday, telling 9News Now's Bruce Johnson that he will announce no personnel decisions until after the general election in November.

As the Democratic nominee, Gray is virtually assured of election in November. Republicans are not fielding a candidate.

He said he phoned Rhee on Wednesday to talk abut said he was unable to reach her. "We will talk," he said.

City Councilman Tommy Wells wants Rhee to stay.

Confusion and bedlam at Fenty HQ after a volunteer falls through a glass window

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tuesday evening, a volunteer fell and crashed through a plate glass window at Mayor Adrian Fenty's headquarters, where hundreds of people gathered to await election results.

It happened shortly before midnight Tuesday. Paramedics were tending to a young man who was bleeding badly from the head. The man was conscious and talking and walked to the ambulance under his own power.

A reporter at the scene was surrounded by shards of plate glass; his laptop computer had glass all over it. The window the volunteer fell through was about 9 feet by 9 feet.

A small ruckus ensued when Fenty supporters tried to block TV cameras from filming the aftermath of the accident.

Norton Wins Democratic Primary For DC Delegate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eleanor Holmes Norton has won the Democratic primary race for Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. The win virtually assures her an 11th term as Washington's representative in Congress.

Winning an 11th term in November would make Norton's tenure longer than Walter Fauntroy, the only other person to hold the position since it was reinstated in the 1970s. Norton still faces Republican and Green Party challengers in the November general election, but because three quarters of the city's residents are registered Democrats, Norton is virtually assured the win.

With 28 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Holmes Norton had 23,631 votes, or 91 percent, compared to 2,259 votes for her challenger Douglass Sloan, 9 percent.

Norton has represented the city since 1991 but does not have a vote on the floor in Congress.

Vote Counting Under Way In DC Primary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vote counting is under way in the District of Columbia primary and mayoral challenger Vincent Gray is leading in the early results in the Democratic race.

With 23 percent of precincts reporting, Gray had 11,953 votes, or 54 percent, compared to 9,847 votes for Mayor Adrian Fenty, or 45 percent.

Fenty is trying to fend off a challenge from Gray, the chairman of the District of Columbia Council. Because the city is heavily Democratic, the winner of the primary will likely become mayor.

Does Fenty Needs A Fourth Quarter Miracle?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Strategists close to the Democratic Primary said on Monday that DC Mayor Adrian Fenty appears headed for his first political loss in Tomorrow's Mayoral primary.

DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray is leading Fenty is every poll with numbers that range from 7 points to 17 points in the Washington Post Poll.

Gray on Wednesday said he was ignoring poll numbers and concentrating on getting people to the polling places on Tuesday. He said his volunteers and calling people and knocking on doors.

Mayor Fenty says he is confident of a come from behind win. Campaigning at Dupont Circle today Fenty said since the polls were released voters have begun to examine their records and conclude that he is the most competent.

DC Mayoral Primary Grinds To A Close

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- The final evening of a mayoral primary campaign that has become a referendum on the leadership of incumbent Adrian Fenty saw Fenty and chief challenger, City Council Chairman Vincent Gray, making a final appeal for votes across the city.

Gray, planning to stop campaigning in time to catch at least some of a network football game, met commuters at a SW METRO station saying his campaign has become far more than a vehicle for an anti-Fenty vote. Poll show him with a comfortable lead, prompting reporters to ask if a victory Tuesday means he won instead of meaning Fenty lost.

"Certainly I would like to think that I won. We've heard people in many instances talk about anybody but Fenty, we'll vote for another candidate.

New Poll: Gray Leads Fenty

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A poll by Clarus Research Group released late Wednesday afternoon shows City Council Chairman Vincent Gray with a comfortable lead over incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary election that will be held next Tuesday.

The Clarus poll shows Gray with an seven-point lead among likely Democratic voters with Gray ahead 45 to 38 percent.

The poll shows a racial divide among Democratic voters, with Gray leading Fenty 62 percent to 17 percent among African American voters and Fenty leading Gray 68 percent to 22 percent among White voters.

"I think what's fascinating about the poll, three things:

Number one: the incumbent mayor has consistently run behind this challenger.

"Number two: a deep racial divide in the electorate and

"Number three: the importance of election-day turnout, which will ultimately determine the winner," said Ron Faucheux of the Clarus Poll.