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By Patrick Madden

With a recent poll showing D.C. Council Chair Vincent Gray leading Mayor Adrian Fenty by 17 points, well beyond the poll's 3 point margin of error, there's no question now who the frontrunner is in this year's mayoral contest. This is changing the dynamics in the race.

Mayor Fenty says there is a silver lining in the recent Washington Post poll that shows Fenty badly trailing with about two weeks left.

"One of the things that is going to happen now, is that the dynamic shifts from me being the incumbent and the front-runner to my opponent now being a front-runner, is that he is going to have to answer questions that he didn't have to about his record," says Fenty.

Those questions, Fenty says, include concerns about Gray's leadership at the Department of Human Services during the 1990's, when divisions of the department were put under court receivership.

Gray, meanwhile, says he welcomes the scrutiny.

"I think that everything that possibly could have been talked about, has been talked about, I have enjoyed being a public servant and I have done it with integrity," says Gray.

The primary is September 14th, but early voting is underway at a polling center at judiciary square.

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