- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The presumptions are official. Vincent Gray, former D.C. Council chairman, is Washington’s mayor-elect, and his colleague, Kwame Brown, is chairman-elect.

Neither Democrat faced Republican challengers, so their victories on Tuesday were practically guaranteed and early returns showed them with more than 90 percent of the vote.

The only challenge of consequence that Mr. Gray faced was a risky write-in challenge by Republicans and other voters discontented with Mr. Gray’s defeat of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the September Democratic primary.

Some other Democrats did fac Republican challenges.

According to early results, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton easily beat back Republican Missy Reilly Smith, whose campaign ads depicting graphic abortions drew national attention.

Preliminary numbers also projected GOP defeats in four ward races, where, if early numbers hold, Democratic incumbents would retain their D.C. Counciil seats.

Voters also gave a nod to the sole ballot issue, which asked whether the D.C. Home Rule Charter should be amended to allow the election of an attorney general. The majority of voters said they favored such a measure, according to early tallies.

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