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Gray stumps for votes at Eastern Market

Tim Craig

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray spent about two hours hunting for votes Sunday afternoon at Eastern Market in Capitol Hill.

Gray walked through the market, stopping every few feet to answer questions from residents about his policies or their concerns.

A few times, Gray got drawn into ten-minute plus conversations with potential voters. Gray's go-slow approach to canvassing is much different than Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's style when he hits the street.

The mayor often tries to keep small talk to a minimum, preferring instead to reach out to as many voters as possible.

Though the neighborhood around the market is expected to be a Fenty stronghold in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, Gray was generally well received.

D.C. Wire was surprised at how many people - including plenty of twenty-something's - recognized Gray. "That's Vince Gray," many were overheard saying.

And as Gray soars in the polls, it seems like more and more people are requesting to have their photographs taken with him.

--Tim Craig

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By Tim Craig  |  September 6, 2010; 11:31 AM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Does anyone know when the next poll will be out? Do you know whose winning? thanks

Posted by: samvped205 | September 6, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

samvped205... if you are talking about actual votes cast, I dont THINK they start counting the first vote until Sept 14th. They probably wont do another poll before then either. Even the bogus one the post last did to say Gray was up 17% included people wo didnt live in DC and didnt include Leo Alexander or any others runnning for Mayor. I think they were trying to get Gray supporters to relax and maybe not show up on election day thinking he has already won...

Dont believe the hype! Lol. Talk to your neighbors, friends and family and make sure they all SHOW UP to vote before it ends. The only way Fenty can win is if we all stay home.

Posted by: tformation1 | September 6, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

thanks tformation1: I voted last Thursday.

What are your thoughts on who you think is going to win? thanks

Posted by: samvped205 | September 6, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"The mayor often tries to keep small talk to a minimum, preferring instead to reach out to as many voters as possible."

This speaks to how Fenty approaches everything-- all show with little substance.

The most glaring example is to pay high school students to attend summer school when they either did not show up during the school year or just ran the halls.

These students then get to take summer classes that require less than half the work and get paid!!

Next principals pressure teachers to pass kids who should be failing.

Finally, Fenty can say that graduation rates are improving.

It doesn't matter that these kids can't read well or have little work ethic. It is all for show with Fenty.

Posted by: letsbereal2 | September 6, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Gray.. campaigning as if he isn't just going to hire his backslapping pals:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/sep/6/for-gray-cronyism-issue-cuts-2-ways/?page=1

Face it.. Gray has been sucking DC dry for far to long. Stick with real change. Stick with Fenty

Posted by: Jack52 | September 6, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I cant predict a winner at this point. Of course I am hping for change. I do hear too many people saying Gray has won already so they dont need to show up. That is so wrong. Everyone needs to show up.

Posted by: tformation1 | September 6, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

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