Primary Scenes: Wells Is Sure That He's Not Sure About Anything | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Primary Scenes: Wells Is Sure That He's Not Sure About Anything

Tommy Wells is sure about one thing: there's nothing to be sure about in this election.

Speaking outside the Waterfront Metro station in Southwest, Wells said that the reportedly low turnout is making it difficult to know exactly how the results will pan out after the polls close.

"I can't predict or say anything," he said. "There's reports that the vote is very depressed in certain parts of the city, and I trust that's true in wards 7 and 8. That certainly doesn't play to the strength of the mayor." By 6 p.m., for one, 781 voters had cast ballots in Precinct 110, located in Ward 7. In 2010, the total was 1,732.

Wells said that his campaign volunteers have told him that turnout was steady in Ward 6, his home base, and also in Ward 3, where he hopes to benefit from dissatisfaction with Mayor Vincent Gray and the ongoing federal investigation into his 2010 campaign.

"I don't see energy from Gray at all," he said, adding that only he and Muriel Bowser had volunteers at a majority of the polling places across the city.

"Only me and Muriel have all the polls covered. I haven't seen a Jack [Evans] worker out there. I see more Andy Shallal folks. Jack seems to have packed it in, or he's staying in his home ward," he said.

Like Shallal, Wells thinks there's still time for voters to help decide which of the Democrats will win the mayoral primary.

"The energy for my campaign over the past two weeks all of a sudden came on much stronger," he said.

NPR

Rare Silent Film Discovered With An All-Black Cast

A 1913 silent film starring a black ensemble cast will debut more than a century after it was made. The Museum of Modern Art has built an exhibit around the film called 100 Years in Post-Production.
NPR

Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.
NPR

Ballot Questions Draw Voters In 43 States

Ballot measures cover a lot of ground this year — from minimum wage to school calendars to one involving doughnuts and bear hunting. NPR's Charlie Mahtesian takes NPR's Scott Simon through the list.
NPR

Tech Week: Voice Mail Hang-Ups, Apple Pay And Zuckerberg's Chinese

In this week's roundup, Apple rolls out its mobile payment system but confronts a security test in China, the problem with voice mail messages and Mark Zuckerberg shows off his Mandarin.

Leave a Comment

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