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Barack Obama, Phil Mendelson, Marion Barry, David Grosso and Marion Barry Win in D.C.

5:41 AM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP/WUSA) - President Barack Obama carried the District easily on Election Day, picking up 3 electoral votes from Washington. Democrats outnumber Republicans 11 to 1 in the nation's capital, and the Democratic candidate has carried the district in every presidential election since 1964, the first year the city's residents voted for president.
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District voters have chosen D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson to continue serving out the term of former chairman Kwame Brown, who had pleaded guilty to bank fraud and resigned. The Democrat Mendelson won a special election Tuesday, defeating frequent candidate Calvin Gurley.

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Marion Barry will continue to represent the District of Columbia's poorest ward on the D.C. Council. The former four-term mayor easily defeated independent Jauhar Abraham Tuesday. In the April Democratic primary, Barry beat four challengers with 72 percent of the vote.

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David Grosso has defeated D.C. Councilmember Michael A. Brown, becoming the first challenger to unseat a sitting councilmember since 2004. Grosso ran as a reform-minded candidate and hammered Brown over his personal financial problems. Democratic incumbent Vincent Orange held onto the other at-large council seat being contested Tuesday.


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