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Vincent Orange Solidifies Win In At-Large D.C. Council Primary

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D.C. Council member Vincent Orange, shown here at the dais in the D.C. Council hearing room, has beaten his toughest primary challenger in the primary for his at-large council seat. 
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D.C. Council member Vincent Orange, shown here at the dais in the D.C. Council hearing room, has beaten his toughest primary challenger in the primary for his at-large council seat. 

D.C. Council member Vincent Orange has beaten Sekou Biddle in the race for the  at-large seat in the Democratic primary.

Orange had been clinging to 543-vote lead over Biddle after the April 3 primary, but after election officials on Friday tallied all of the remaining absentee and provisional ballots, Orange widened his lead to more than 1,700 votes. That extended his margin of victory to nearly 3 percent, eliminating any chance for an automatic recount.

After the final vote, Biddle issued a statement conceding the race to Orange. District of Columbia elections officials will certify the results Wednesday.

Orange was the only incumbent council member who faced a tough challenge in the primary.

He recently acknowledged receiving suspicious money order contributions to his campaign that were linked to Jeffrey Thompson, an accountant and government contractor whose home and office were searched last month by federal authorities.

Orange will face Republican candidate Mary Brooks Beatty in the November election.

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