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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.

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