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What's in a name? Michael Brown edition

In the the at-large council race, Michael D. Brown -- D.C.'s shadow senator -- may benefit from voter confusion that he is current At-Large Council member Michael A. Brown.

The lesser known Michael D. has taken a surprise 41-29 lead over 12-year incumbent Phil Mendelson among likely voters, according to a new Washington Post poll .

The ballot, which lists Michael D. as "Michael Brown," amplifies the issue. Michael A. Brown is not up for re-election until 2012 and has endorsed Mendelson.

The chart below shows a very strong and positive relationship between Michael D.'s current support by ward (on the y-axis) and the proportion of votes Michael A. won by ward in the 2008 general election (x-axis).

Michael D. receives broad support in Wards 7 and 8, the two wards that overwhelmingly voted for Michael A. two years ago. Ward 3, which Michael D. calls home, is one of his weakest districts.

By Kyle Dropp  |  August 31, 2010; 10:10 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. , Polls , Post Polls  
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Given the outcome of the most recent poll perhaps Phil should take the hint and realize that the electorate is voting against him rather than confused about the name of one of his opponents. His mewling about name confusion is getting tiresome and is insulting to the voters of DC.

Posted by: Samorpye | September 1, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

This 'pretend' Michael Brown is playing our community for fools. Talk it up, people. We have to do this ourselves, because this identity theft of a campaign is not being covered properly in the press. Get to business. It's up to us!

Posted by: HillcrestTwo | September 1, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

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