It was a victory of the poor: Gray received 83% of the votes in Ward 8 [poorest in DC] and Fenty got 81% of the votes in Ward 3 [richest]. The economic divide in Washington, DC:
Among the district's eight political wards, the most affluent, Ward 3, has an average income of $142,600, while the poorest, Ward 8, averages $30,100.
Photo by Washington City Paper
Other results of yesterday's Primary election, by the D.C. Board of Elections:
For Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton was reelected for the House of Representatives with a whooping 91% of the vote Cool!]. Mike Panetta won as U.S. Representative with 58% of the general vote.
Phil Mendelson won the DC Council At Large nomination with 64% of the votes.Since Washingtonians vote overwhemgly Democrat, most of the winners of yesterday's Primary elections will be elected in the November 2th general election. See the vote schedule in Washington, DC.
Kwame R. Brown is the DC Council Chairman nomination with 55% of the votes. [Congratulations!]
Jim Graham won in Ward 1 with 53% of the vote. Mary Cheh won uncontested in Ward 3 with 95% of the preference [congrats!]. Harry Tommy Thomas Jr. in Ward 5 with 65% of the vote [congrats!]. Tommy Wells in Ward 6 with 75% of the vote.
If you voted for Jim Graham for Ward One, this one is for you. I don't blame you, I understand that sometimes people don't care anymore. Now that the election are over -- watch this. I recorded this video in 2008. It's self explanatory but in case you aren't aware, you need to know who is Abdul Kamus.
Feeling good now?
Primary lessons: no matter how popular you think you are, if you treat your constituents with arrogance and often ignore them, you will lose -- like Adrian Fenty. But if you treat those who actually vote like you are in a permanent campaign -gifts and parties included- you will get reelected no matter what. Ask Jim Graham.
Take note: luxury-housing developers could not buy the Mayor seat this time, but stay alert because they won't stop until they gentrify most of Washington, D.C. Notice that Fenty won in Wards where gentrification brought to D.C. richer newcomers.
Oh and to D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, now that you lost your job, please re-educate yourself about labor rights, respect to all, and remember that education should not a for-profit business, arrogance is not a virtue, and that life is a learning journey.
See amazing photos of the Primary election in DC.