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Special Washington, DC version!  Our nation’s capital is a bastion of liberalism and Democratic Party power.  President Obama won a little over 90% of the vote here and the DC Republican Party often doesn’t run someone on the party label in city elections, preferring to back independents.  The Libertarian and Green Parties also have a significant influence, often taking the void the Republicans leave.

Washington, DC

Mayor: Incumbent Democrat Vince Gray lost renomination.  Democrat City Councilwoman Muriel Bowser faces DC Statehood Green and actress Faith, Libertarian and realtor Bruce Majors, Independent City Councilman David Catania, Independent and activist Nestor Djonkam, Independent former City Councilwoman Carol Schwartz, and a write-in.  This is a race between Bowser and Catania mostly.  DC is heavily Democratic but Catania has won citywide election before, giving him a chance.  If Catania wins, he will be the first openly gay mayor of DC.  Race is Leans Democratic

DC City Council Chair: Incumbent Democrat Phil Mendelson faces Republican and attorney Kris Hammond, Libertarian Kyle Walker, DC Statehood Green and retiree G. Lee Aikin, and Independent and businessman John Cheeks.  Mendelson has the advantage of being an incumbent Democrat in a very Democratic city.  Race is Safe Democratic

DC City Council At-Large (2 Seats): Incumbent Independent David Catania is running for Mayor.  Incumbent Democrat Anita Bonds faces Republican ANC Commissioner Marc Morgan, DC Statehood Green and communist political organizer Eugene Puryear, Libertarian and IT consultant Frederick Steiner, Independent DC Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown, Independent ANC Commissioner Wendell Felder, Independent and accountant Calvin Gurley, Independent and pastor Graylan Hagler, Independent ANC Commissioner Brian Hart, Independent and lobbyist Eric Jones, Independent and wine bar and market owner Khalid Pitts, Independent and health policy consultant Kishan Putta, Independent and budget analyst Elissa Silverman, Independent and lobbyist Courtney Snowden, and Independent and attorney Robert White.  Races are Safe Democratic and Leans Brown

Congressional Delegate: Incumbent Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton faces Republican and retired congressional aide Nelson Rimensnyder, DC Statehood Green and salesman Natale “Lino” Stracuzzi, and Independent and tour guide Tim Krepp.  Holmes Norton is very popular and DC is very Democratic.  Race is Safe Democratic

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