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Seniors were expected to play a big role in the outcome of the election.

“Consideration for those who are retired and on fixed income should be a focus,” said 68-year-old Moretha Johnson, who voted for Democrat Rae Zapata after hearing her speak at a debate.

Cynthia Cherry, who described herself as a third-generation Washingtonian who now lives in the Lincoln Crossing neighborhood, said she voted for Mr. McDuffie.

“I felt particularly connected with him because he grew up in Ward 5. He went to school here. He cares,” Ms. Cherry said.