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Actor Attacking High School Drop Out Rate

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- There was a buzz at the Boys and Girls Club in Southeast. "I think it was pretty inspirational."

The kids saw Denzel Washington at the National Press Club Wednesday, adding his star power to the Boys and Girls Club of America's new campaign attacking the high school drop out rate. Only 69% of American teenagers finish high school compared to the club's 90% graduation rate.

"We need more programs like The Boys and Girls Club when our children are out of school," said Washington, "we need every American to do his or her part."

The actor, who has been the national spokesman for 18 years, said the club shaped him as a child. "He said young man with the smarts you have you can do anything you want to do and it was maybe a small thing to say but I never forgot it. I'm 55 years old and I never forgot it." Another famous alum threw her support behind the cause.

New Voting Machines Cause of Delays

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- A couple dozen voters waited until 2 a.m. for election results that they had hoped to have in their hands by 8:30pm.

All indications point to problems with pollworkers new voting machines and pollworkers using them correctly.  By 2am, election officials announced they would have to leave 15 precincts uncounted until morning because the ballot cartridges for those precincts were incompletely closed by pollworkers.  Most of those uncounted precincts were located east of the Anacostia River.

"We have partial results from those precincts," said Paul Stenbjorn, Chief Technology Manager.  "But we will not release them until we have all of the votes counted in those precincts."

Stenbjorn added that better training may be needed with the new voting system, a system that included final results posted for each precinct at that polling location after the last ballot was cast. 

Will Gray Keep Rhee? Some Council Members Hope So

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is in limbo after a primary mayoral election that cost her chief benefactor his job and essentially gave it, instead, to a nominee who has refused to say if he wants her to keep her position.

Democratic Mayoral Nominee Vincent Gray ducked the question again Wednesday, telling 9News Now's Bruce Johnson that he will announce no personnel decisions until after the general election in November.

As the Democratic nominee, Gray is virtually assured of election in November. Republicans are not fielding a candidate.

He said he phoned Rhee on Wednesday to talk abut said he was unable to reach her. "We will talk," he said.

City Councilman Tommy Wells wants Rhee to stay.

Congressional Black Caucus Conference To Feature Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

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Norton Wins Democratic Primary For DC Delegate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eleanor Holmes Norton has won the Democratic primary race for Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. The win virtually assures her an 11th term as Washington's representative in Congress.

Winning an 11th term in November would make Norton's tenure longer than Walter Fauntroy, the only other person to hold the position since it was reinstated in the 1970s. Norton still faces Republican and Green Party challengers in the November general election, but because three quarters of the city's residents are registered Democrats, Norton is virtually assured the win.

With 28 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Holmes Norton had 23,631 votes, or 91 percent, compared to 2,259 votes for her challenger Douglass Sloan, 9 percent.

Norton has represented the city since 1991 but does not have a vote on the floor in Congress.

Vote Counting Under Way In DC Primary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vote counting is under way in the District of Columbia primary and mayoral challenger Vincent Gray is leading in the early results in the Democratic race.

With 23 percent of precincts reporting, Gray had 11,953 votes, or 54 percent, compared to 9,847 votes for Mayor Adrian Fenty, or 45 percent.

Fenty is trying to fend off a challenge from Gray, the chairman of the District of Columbia Council. Because the city is heavily Democratic, the winner of the primary will likely become mayor.

Does Fenty Needs A Fourth Quarter Miracle?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Strategists close to the Democratic Primary said on Monday that DC Mayor Adrian Fenty appears headed for his first political loss in Tomorrow's Mayoral primary.

DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray is leading Fenty is every poll with numbers that range from 7 points to 17 points in the Washington Post Poll.

Gray on Wednesday said he was ignoring poll numbers and concentrating on getting people to the polling places on Tuesday. He said his volunteers and calling people and knocking on doors.

Mayor Fenty says he is confident of a come from behind win. Campaigning at Dupont Circle today Fenty said since the polls were released voters have begun to examine their records and conclude that he is the most competent.