09/15/10 There was no joy in Mudville last night at the old Curtis Chevrolet dealership on Georgia Avenue, home of the Fenty For Mayor campaign headquarters.
Campaign staff and supporters waited impatiently for the votes to be counted in the DC Democratic Primary. Polls stayed open later than planned and the Board of Elections said there were problems with voting machines at some polling places. A large and boisterous crowd at 9 p.m. had dwindled significantly by the time Mayor Fenty came out to thank them at 1:30 a.m.
Fenty complained about the slow count and said the race was not over.
About 20 minutes after talking to the press, the Board of Elections came out with a new count. These numbers showed challenger Gray beating Fenty 53% to 46% with over 90 percent of the precincts reporting.