Muriel Bowser wins DC Democratic Primary; Gray concedes

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Embattled D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was defeated by Muriel Bowser in Tuesday night's democratic primary election.

Gray conceded to Bowser shortly after midnight, with 127 of 143 precincts reporting. As of press time, Bowser led Gray 44 percent to 33 percent.

In his concession speech, Gray reminded the crowd gathered at his campaign party that he is not leaving yet, and he still has 9 more months to continue his work for the city, which drew loud applause and cheers.

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However, it's not the ending the crowd had been hoping for.

Obviously disappointed, Gray received a warm welcome from the room. He took the time to thank his supporters, his staff, and highlight the successes of his Mayoral term. He also said he hoped to change the date of the primary in the future so you aren't campaigning in Winter....calling it "complex and cold."

Bowser has called for a 12 p.m. press conference Wednesday to discuss "her election day victory and calls for Democratic Party unity."

VIDEO: Bowser reacts to early results

For a detailed recap of Tuesday night's developments, be sure to read ourElection Night live blog.

The DC Board of Elections tweeted out that "Absentee and provisional ballots will be counted upon receipt - the deadline for results is April 11, 2014. Ballots must be certified by April 22.


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