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Delays occur in results for D.C. primary races
Elections board rejects request to extend voting
Logistical delays pushed a decision on the D.C. mayoral primary late into the night Tuesday, with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and challenger Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray still awaiting the first announcement of votes more than 2 1/2 hours after the polls closed.
Republicans and Democrats were concerned that voters would go to bed Tuesday night without knowing who won key races. They were right to be worried.
The polls closed promptly at 8 p.m., but two hours later the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics had not released any results.
Voters in other jurisdictions that had held primaries, including Maryland and Delaware, knew winners and losers long before the evening newscast.
The long delay for results was but one of the snags that greeted voters at more than a dozen of the city s 143 voting precincts Tuesday morning.
At some precincts, poll workers couldn’t operate electronic ballot scanners, and some polling sites opened later than the designated 7 a.m.
All eyes remained on the mayor’s race, while some down-ticket Democrats in the other city seats and Republicans in ward races held out hope Tuesday night.
Gray and Fenty supporters tried to outdo each at three polling sites along Alabama Avenue Southeast. A go-go rally for Mr. Fenty was held Monday evening at Allen Chapel AME Church on Alabama Avenue, where President and Mrs. Obama attended Easter Sunday services.
Elsewhere, candidates continued on the stump.
Four-term Council member Phil Mendelson hit a polling place on Capitol Hill about 3 p.m., a busy time for that neighborhood, which includes Eastern Market.
Turnout feels light, he said, adding that early voting over the past several days played a role.
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