Fenty Declares Victory, Cropp Concedes

With 75% of the precincts counted, Adrian Fenty is a clear winner tonight. 54% of votes tabulated so far ended up in his camp, some 22% more than Linda Cropp. Mr. Fenty has given his victory speech, and Mrs. Cropp her concession. The final vote is in November, but it looks as though Adrian Fenty has the mayorship all sewn up. No results are available via the DC Board of Elections Website, which is an awful shame, since my podunk county in Northern California can even do that. Perhaps that’s something that Mr. Fenty can get to work on?

In his victory speech, Mr. Fenty has made it very clear that he supports full voting rights for the District and will make that a significant part of his platform as Mayor of DC, something I whole-heartedly support, so long as we can make sure that we don’t end up with a Senator Marion Barry.

According to News Channel 8 (which I had to watch streaming instead of on my satellite system, thanks DirecTV), Mary Cheh has Ward 3 sewn up, Phil Mendelsohn will repeat as At-Large Councilman, Tommy Wells will take the Ward 6 seat. Eleanor Holmes Norton will repeat as DC’s (largely useless) Delegate to Congress. More as the text slowly slides by.

Update 10:38p

Fenty would be the first DC native to take the mayorship, which is pretty incredible.

Vincent Gray has a 16% lead on Kathy Patterson for Council Chair.

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