Poll: DC mayor, top challenger in dead heat

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- One week out and two front runners are closing in on the DC democratic mayoral primary.

Despite a cloud of corruption hanging over incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray's campaign, he has held steady in polls in recent weeks. Meanwhile, his biggest challenger, Councilmember Muriel Bowser has been surging.

A Washington Post poll released Tuesday shows Bowser with support from 30 percent of likely voters, and Gray with 27 percent. Those numbers fall within the margin of error of 6.5 percentage points, statistically, making the race a tie.

Bowser credits a cloud of corruption hanging over Vincent Gray's campaign as well as a message she's pitching that she said is resonating with voters.

"People have been concerned about that for the last year that we've been running and that's why we're convinced that they want a fresh set of eyes on their issues," she said while campaigning in northeast D.C. Tuesday, going door to door, introducing herself to potential voters.

She continued, "People who were undecided are now starting to decide, we've talked to them a lot, people even who were with other campaigns are looking at our campaign long and hard."

The embattled Gray said Tuesday that the race will likely be decided by who shows up at the polls and in what numbers.

"It's come down to a get out the vote effort," said the Mayor. "I think we still have the most money left in our campaign. We have over 700 volunteers and we're going to use the next week to make sure everybody gets out the vote."

D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells is a distant third but he's still, by far, he's the next closest out of the six candidates in this race not named Gray or Bowser. Wells remains hopeful.

"We've certainly seen a lot more contributions, a lot more energy from volunteers and, frankly, now that the others have really fallen behind and now it's top -- I'm in the top three -- I'm feeling very good that hopefully we have enough time to pull this thing out," said Wells.


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