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Posted at 8:04 PM ET, 10/27/2010

Saunders forces Parker into WTU runoff

By Terri Rupar

George Parker's five-year run as Washington Teachers' Union president is at risk, based on the preliminary count in a WTU presidential race with a stunningly low turnout. Nathan Saunders, the union's general vice president, edged Parker 334 to 313, forcing a runoff between the two former running mates turned bitter foes. Rules require that the winner get a 51 percent majority. Phelps High School teacher and veteran union activist Elizabeth Davis received 196 votes, and H.D. Cooke teacher Christopher Bergfalk got 38 votes.

All three challengers have been critical of Parker's leadership during the chancellorship of Michelle A. Rhee, and contend that he gave too much ground in negotiations for the contract that was signed and approved by teachers this past summer.

Follow along at D.C. Schools Insider.

--Bill Turque

By Terri Rupar  | October 27, 2010; 8:04 PM ET
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Go get 'em, Nate!

Posted by: BitterJill | October 27, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

No matter who wins, it seems we all lose.

Posted by: thebossman | October 27, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

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