Poll: Vincent Gray leads hypothetical DC council races

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A poll of likely Democratic Primary voters has former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray winning two hypothetical races for seats on the D.C. Council.

In the poll, which was conducted by a political action committee supportive of Gray, finds the former mayor has a double-digit lead over incumbent council members Yvette Alexander and Vincent Orange for the Ward 7 seat and for one of the council at large seats respectively.

In December, the U.S. Attorney's Office ended its nearly five-year probe into Gray's 2010 election campaign. Gray was not charged with anything, but six people involved in the campaign have pleaded to felonies.  

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The Higher Ground PAC conducted poll also found a 45 percent approval rate of current Mayor Muriel Bowser among likely Democratic primary voters. A poll conducted in November 2015 by our editorial partners at the Washington Post poll found the mayor had a 57 percent job approval rating among registered voters.

As for the 2016 presidential election, the poll found 64 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the District would vote for Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley registered at 21 percent and three percent respectively. 13 percent of likely Democratic primary voters in the District are undecided, the poll found.

The full results for the poll will be posted online Tuesday morning. 

According to Higher Ground PAC, the poll was conducted by interviewing 1,569 likely Democratic primary voters in D.C., plus 407 likely Democratic primary voters in Ward 7.   

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