: News

Racial Divide in D.C. Mayor's Race

Play associated audio

By Patrick Madden

The vote in the D.C. mayor's race is breaking down along racial lines -- that's according to the results of a new poll by Clarus Research Group.

And for the first time this campaign season, the issue of race has become, well, an issue.

According to Clarus, top challenger Vincent Gray holds a 38-point advantage with African-American voters - and Mayor Adrian Fenty holds an ever bigger lead with white voters.

Today, as the two men squared off at a debate hosted by WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi, both candidates were asked what to make of this split.

"Well I think it's regrettable that we have this kind of apparent racial divide in the District of Columbia and there clearly is a perception that there are some people in this city who are getting more than others," says Chairman Gray.

Fenty countered that it's essentially a communication problem -- he says his administration has completed a number of projects in the city's predominately black neighborhoods.

"Why do people still have some qualms with my campaign- I think its my fault - I think I gotta do a better job of educating people about what we have done," says Fenty.

The primary is scheduled for September 14th.

WAMU 88.5

Your Turn: Sexual Assault, Nate Parker And More

Director Nate Parker's college rape case is resurfacing and putting off would-be fans of his highly anticipated film "The Birth of a Nation." What do Washingtonians think?

NPR

Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonic Pesticides, Promising Aid To Bees

Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees. Many details of the plan, however, remain to be worked out.
WAMU 88.5

Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan And His Visit To Mexico

Donald Trump lays out a plan for immigration after a meeting with Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto. An update on the Republican presidential nominee’s proposals on immigration, illegal drugs and trade.

WAMU 88.5

Results From Congressional Primary Races And New Concerns About Hacks Into State Voting Systems

Join us to discuss results from primary challenges to Republican Senator John McCain, Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others and new concerns possible Russian hackers breaking into U.S. state voting systems.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.