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DC Mayoral Primary Grinds To A Close

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- The final evening of a mayoral primary campaign that has become a referendum on the leadership of incumbent Adrian Fenty saw Fenty and chief challenger, City Council Chairman Vincent Gray, making a final appeal for votes across the city.

Gray, planning to stop campaigning in time to catch at least some of a network football game, met commuters at a SW METRO station saying his campaign has become far more than a vehicle for an anti-Fenty vote. Poll show him with a comfortable lead, prompting reporters to ask if a victory Tuesday means he won instead of meaning Fenty lost.

"Certainly I would like to think that I won. We've heard people in many instances talk about anybody but Fenty, we'll vote for another candidate.

Free Screening of Obama in Ghana Documentary Coming to Convention Center

This event was submitted to us by filmmaker Tony Regusters:

Next Thursday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the DC Convention Center, participants in this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Week will attend a free screening of Obama in Ghana: The Untold Story – an award-winning documentary that captures in vivid and exquisite detail the full panoply of African elegance surrounding President Obama’s visit to Ghana and the incredible reception he and the First Family received in Ghana.  Just six months after his inauguration the President and First Family made another kind of history with their state visit to Africa in July of 2009, selecting the Republic of Ghana as the Administration’s first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Mayoral Race Becomes Referendum On Incumbent

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Only days are left before a DC election day that will decide who leads the city for the next four years, an election that has come down to a referendum on whether the youngest mayor in Washington's history can keep his job.

The polls say the answer is no; suggesting Adrian Fenty's personality has alienated the city's Black population even as that population concedes the city has gotten better in some ways under his administration.

Poll Leader, City Council Chairman Vincent Gray is trying not to bobble his lead in the final days of the campaign. Fenty is scrambling to catch up.

Both men appeared Friday on the Politics Program With Mark Plotkin on WTOP Radio, making little news as each tried to say anything that would hurt them on election day.

Jazz in The Garden Ends Season With Final Performance by Bruce Swaim

Tonight, Friday, September 10, the National Gallery of Art will once again host “Jazz in the Garden”.  The event, held in rain or shine, will run from 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., and will feature Bruce Swaim playing Jazz Saxophone.

The “Jazz in the Garden” is in its tenth season, and this is the very LAST performance of the year!

The concert will be held in front of the Pavilion Café, and is completely free of charge!  People who attend may not bring alcohol nor can they bring coolers.  They may, however, bring blankets.

The Café will have a seasonal light fare menu and beverages for purchase.

The National Gallery of Art is located near the Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter Metro stop on Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets. 

Jason's Journey: The Red Hook Lobster Truck Hits Chinatown

On Thursday, September 2nd, the Red Hook Lobster Pound truck went to Chinatown.  The truck set up shop outside of the Chinatown Coffee Company, which was celebrating its brand new liquor license.  We met Jason, featured in the attached video, who waited patiently to taste his first ever Red Hook Lobster Truck lobster roll...and he waited a while.  His journey is chronicled in the video.

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New Poll: Gray Leads Fenty

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A poll by Clarus Research Group released late Wednesday afternoon shows City Council Chairman Vincent Gray with a comfortable lead over incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary election that will be held next Tuesday.

The Clarus poll shows Gray with an seven-point lead among likely Democratic voters with Gray ahead 45 to 38 percent.

The poll shows a racial divide among Democratic voters, with Gray leading Fenty 62 percent to 17 percent among African American voters and Fenty leading Gray 68 percent to 22 percent among White voters.

"I think what's fascinating about the poll, three things:

Number one: the incumbent mayor has consistently run behind this challenger.

"Number two: a deep racial divide in the electorate and

"Number three: the importance of election-day turnout, which will ultimately determine the winner," said Ron Faucheux of the Clarus Poll.

DC Primary: One Week To Go

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- There is but one week to go before DC Democrats go to the polls to select their candidate for Mayor, a move that always leads to the Democrats winning in November in DC.

DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray is leading in the polls by 17 percent among likely voters according to a Washington Post poll.

On Tuesday he said complacency is his biggest concern and getting his people to the polls. Mayor Fenty who four years ago won every precinct is trying to cut into that 17 points by targeting undecided and soft voters.

If he can't expand the number of likely voters he's in big trouble of becoming a one term Mayor.

Critics say Fenty won 52 percent of the vote four years ago; but has failed to expand his base. Fenty landed the endorsement of the Examiner newspaper today. He already has the Washington Post endorsement.