In D.C. Races, Numbers Tell the Story
(Washington Post) — Ten days ago, District of Columbia voters had their say. But what did they say? For that, we consult Microsoft Excel. Having a base matters. Those who know Vincent Gray the best liked him the best. His home precinct – 113, representing the western stretches of Hillcrest, in Ward 7 – gave Gray 87 percent of the vote, his greatest percentage of any in the city. Fenty, meanwhile, lost in his own back yard. Not only did he lose Ward 4, the bailiwick he represented as a council member for six years, by 19 points, but he lost his own precinct handily.
The voters of Precinct 48, in Crestwood and 16th Street Heights, went 56 percent for Gray; four years ago, they were 70 percent for Fenty. The incumbent did best in Precinct 6, in west Georgetown. Nearly 87 percent of those voting at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts preferred Fenty.