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.
| November 3, 2010; 1:30 AM ET
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