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Fenty write-in supporters make a statement

The die-hard supporters who urged voters to write in Adrian Fenty for a second term as mayor appear to have made their point loud and clear: This ain't "one city" yet.

Unofficial election night returns show that 22.8 percent of mayoral votes went to write-in candidates. It is unknown, and will remain unknown, how many of those actually went to Fenty.

But Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray now knows that however many speeches he makes seeking conciliation in this racially and economically divided city, he will have to give the city's most affluent quarters more than rhetoric to win their backing.

Write-ins did the best in Ward 3, the city's wealthiest, where 43 percent of voters opted to scratch in a name. Gray still took better than 52 percent of the ward total, but he lost two precincts there, as well as the two Ward 4 precincts located west of Rock Creek Park. He also fell behind the write-ins in two Georgetown precincts, in Ward 2, and in three Capitol Hill precincts, in Ward 6.

What is also clear is that anger at the primary result had its limits.

There was not, in fact, a mass uprising aimed at Ward 3 council member Mary Cheh, who defied her ward's preference for Fenty (and, by extension, his schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee) to endorse Gray before the primary. Republican David Hedgepeth, who made great hay over Cheh's mayoral endorsement, got a little more than 6,000 votes, or 34 percent -- only about 600 votes better than the Republican that Cheh faced in 2006, Theresa Conroy.

If there is one place where "One City" ends, it may be Precinct 9 -- the tony Spring Valley neighborhood in the city's western corner. It is the only precinct to prefer a write-in candidate to Gray (342-290) and also to prefer Hedgepeth to Cheh.

By Mike DeBonis  | November 3, 2010; 1:30 AM ET
Categories:  Adrian Fenty, DCision 2010, The District, Vincent Gray  
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Fenty had the pleasure of jumping up and setting taxicab rates. Now he has the displeasure of being shown the door.

Posted by: starclimber9 | November 3, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Ward 2, 3, and 6 voters are about to get their punishment from Gray: Higher income taxes for those making over $100,000 or $250,000 (to be determined) and the Southwest Waterfront handed over to Marion Barry's Ward 8 as a blue-ribbon prize with post-census redistricting. One city, indeed. Only in terms of the power structure coming into office at the Wilson building.

Posted by: George210 | November 3, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Spring Valley is also home to the strongest republican base in the city. Therefore, I am inclined to say that these residents would have voted for Hedgepeth no matter what Cheh did.

Posted by: hoyasaxadc | November 3, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Ward 2, 3, and 6 voters are about to get their punishment from Gray: Higher income taxes for those making over $100,000 or $250,000 (to be determined) and the Southwest Waterfront handed over to Marion Barry's Ward 8 as a blue-ribbon prize with post-census redistricting. One city, indeed. Only in terms of the power structure coming into office at the Wilson building.

Posted by: George210 | November 3, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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George210, what the heck are you talking about handing over SW to Ward 8. You've lost your entire mind. SW is not going anywhere and there won't be any Ward redistricting. You'll get exactly what you want which is to have a conservative in control of DC within the next 4-8 years. But hold on to your horses because generally the folks who scream the loudest about cutting government spending scream even louder when policies that kept their costs low are the first to be cut. No increases in DC government spending INCLUDING NO LOCAL TAX BREAKS FOR BUSINESSES!

Posted by: negee99 | November 3, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

The strong arm control of DC by the un-Democratic party makes it more like North Korea than any place in the US. I'm looking forward to Boehner taking over and marginalizing Vince Gray and the Council.

Posted by: blankspace | November 3, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Why don't the official results show 22.8% for Other? Why won't the results of the write-in effort ever be made public and how did the Post get the information without the public getting it?

Posted by: DCSec112 | November 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

You can see the precinct by precinct and ward by ward results (both how many and what precentage)on the Board of Elections site. But I also want to know why we won't know who the write-in candidates were that so many of us voted for.

Posted by: busgirl1 | November 3, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

It may go to show that had Fenty accepted the Republican nomination, which he reportedly also won in a write-in effort, that a general election race between Gray and Fenty may have been more competitive than the Democratic primary. But, alas, we will never know.

Posted by: ValleyForge62 | November 4, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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