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In Early Poll, Gray Leads All Mayoral Contenders

Current D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray leads the pack in a close field for next year's mayoral contest.
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Current D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray leads the pack in a close field for next year's mayoral contest.

Last week on The Politics Hour Mayor Vince Gray again said that he hadn't yet decided if he was going to run for re-election, but if he did, he'd have an advantage he didn't have in 2010: he's now the incumbent.

According to a new poll on the 2014 D.C. mayoral contest, that incumbency certainly does seem to carry some weight.

The poll commissioned by D.C. Council member and mayoral hopeful Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) finds Gray with 21 percent support, above any of his declared challengers. The phone poll of 503 likely voters, first reported on by The Washington Post, found Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) coming in second at 17 percent, Wells in third at 16 percent, and Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) in fourth at 13 percent.

Those results are good news for Gray, especially considering that his 2010 campaign remains under federal investigation for $653,000 worth of illicit contributions. Gray has steadfastly denied knowing about the "shadow campaign," though one close campaign associate has already pleaded guilty to taking part in it.

There's also good news for Gray's opponents, though: the early poll did find that the race still remains fluid, though, with 31 percent of respondents said they were still undecided. Additionally, Wells spun the findings as a positive for him, especially as he wages a campaign free from corporate donations.

Evans' campaign has also been conducted polling, according to Georgetown Patch.

So far, Bowser has raised more money than Evans and Wells, taking in over $450,000 in contributions. The Democratic primary is scheduled for April 1.

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