Gray Tops Fenty in Straw Poll

By Brandon Benavides
|  Sunday, Jun 13, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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Fenty, Gray Debate in Ward 3

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Fenty, Gray Debate in Ward 3

Mayor Adrian Fenty and Council Chair Vincent Gray debated in a lively effort to win votes in their run for mayor of Washington.
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D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray and his campaign staffers have something to cheer about. Gray beat incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty in a straw poll on Saturday at the D.C. Democratic State Convention, according to the Washington Post.

Gray won with 703 votes; Fenty received 190 votes.  Leo Alexander garnered 75 votes.
 
Gray volunteers blanketed the convention site, Howard University School of Law, with his blue signs.
 
Fenty supporters played catch-up to create an equal presence.
 
During a forum for mayoral candidates, Fenty was outmatched, booed and cheered, the Post reported.
 
Fenty has lost support from many Democratic state committee members since the national convention in Denver, when he missed the local delegation’s breakfast, according to the Post.

Fenty is far and away the leader in raising money for his re-election campaign, reporting late Thursday night that he has collected a total of $4.3 million -- nearly $500,000 of it since March, News4's Tom Sherwood reported.

Gray, who got into the race in late March, had his own good showing. He reported collecting $561,342 in the short campaign period. And his campaign aides are pointing out that Gray tended to the District budget negotiations -- part of his job -- before turning to fundraising. They say 47 percent of his money came in the hectic last week of fundraising before last night's report.

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