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At-large Race: Vincent Orange Returns To D.C. Council

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The scene outside one of the polling places in the District Tuesday, where, judging from the signs, the race was tight between sitting council member Sekou Biddle and Vincent Orange, both Democrats. Orange won the race, while Biddle came in third behind Republican Patrick Mara.
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The scene outside one of the polling places in the District Tuesday, where, judging from the signs, the race was tight between sitting council member Sekou Biddle and Vincent Orange, both Democrats. Orange won the race, while Biddle came in third behind Republican Patrick Mara.

Three hours after the polls closed, Vincent Orange grabbed a microphone and addressed the crowd at his election watch party in Northeast D.C.

"I’m told that all 143 precincts have reported, and at this point in time, we are the victors!" he said.

It was a crowded field of candidates and because the off-year, special election, voter turn-out was low. Less than 10 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in the election.

Orange, according to unofficial vote totals, easily carried Ward 5, his home base, and the wards east of the Anacostia River, Wards 7 and 8. Orange, though, was quick to say he drew support from all over the city.

"If you look around the room, its all of us here together," says Orange. "We are not going to let anyone come and break us up and tell us something different. this is a rainbow coalition."

Orange narrowly beat Republican Patrick Mara. Interim Council Member Sekou Biddle, who was appointed to the seat in January after Kwame Brown was tapped to take over the D.C. Council chairmanship, placed third.

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