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The Politics Hour - Nov. 15, 2013

One of the closest political contests in Virginia heads toward a recount. D.C.'s mayoral candidates spar for the first time in a forum. And a gubernatorial candidate in Maryland picks a a political novice for a running mate. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson talked about the 2014 mayoral election, which includes four current Council members and Mayor Vincent Gray, who has not yet announced whether he'll run for reelection. Mendelson called it the "silly season," when candidates simplify and centralize their positions. But, Mendelson said he plans to remain neutral during the upcoming campaign. "I do not have a candidate at this time, and given the fact that I have to preside over Council meetings, chances are very high that I will not be picking favorites," he said.

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