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What's in a name? Ask Michael D. Brown.

Christopher Dean Hopkins

(Cross-posted from the Washington Post polling department's Behind the Numbers blog.)

Mayor candidate Vincent C. Gray holds a notice explaining to voters the difference between At-Large D.C. Council candidate Michael D. Brown and current Council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large), who is not up for election this year. (Tim Craig/The Washington Post)

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 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.

See the chart and read the full post at the Behind the Numbers blog.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  August 31, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council  
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How embarrassing that some voters are confusing candidate Michael D. Brown with At-Large Councilmember, Michael A. Brown! But the greater embarrassment is that candidate Michael D. Brown has apparently not made sufficient efforts to clear up the confusion.

What a contrast with Councilmember Phil Mendelson, a low-key, hard-working, very knowledgeable Councilmember who has tackled very tough, challenging and complex issues! ... among them, the DC gun control issue which has been caught in the crossfires of the NRA, the US Supreme Court, and now Western-state Senators John McCain and Jon Tester whose constituents' Western mentalities embrace guns and gun ownership. What shifting quicksands these are!!

The only choice for Democratic At-Large Councilmember that makes sense to me is current Councilmember Phil Mendelson, who has the knowledge, dedication and caring to wend his way through the menacing gun issue and other extremely difficult issues facing DC.

Faith Wheeler
Ward 4, Takoma
DC resident by choice since 1962

Posted by: fewdcc | September 1, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Phil Mendelson hasn't done anything to claim a name in this city and the voters confusion show it. Mendelson has been lucky to keep his seat this long but is one of the most negative forces in the council. I am glad anyone else get the opportunity to bring a breath of fresh air, anyone is better than Mendelson for an at large seat. He is poisonous.

Posted by: SWcorridor | September 1, 2010 5:20 AM | Report abuse

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