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Fenty campaigns in early May 2010.
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By Patrick Madden

The candidates vying to be next D.C. Mayor are getting an early opportunity to make their case to the public. With a total of seven candidates sharing the stage at this weekends Ward 8 mayoral forum, it was tough for anyone to break through or stand out, but it's clear the race is shaping up to be a referendum on incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty.

The challengers attacked Fenty's record and leadership style. In turn, the mayor rattled off a list of accomplishments and issued a challenge of his own.

"I'm fine with criticism. But please have solutions. Lets get something done for these young people, instead of just blaming, pointing the finger and criticizing," says Fenty.

The real action took place after the forum, as votes were being counted for the straw poll, the first of the campaign.

The poll was open to registered Democrats in Ward 8. Near the end of voting, two dozen men who weren't registered but had arrived with voter registration forms filled out, cast their ballots. Nearly all voted for Fenty. Those votes are now being contested although the top official with the Ward 8 Democrats says they are valid. If they end up counting, Mayor Fenty wins. If not, the winner is D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray.

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