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Democrats continue DC dominance with Bowser win

November 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — On an Election Day that was bad for Democrats around the United States, the contest for District of Columbia mayor was business as usual.

Democrat Muriel Bowser continued her party’s longtime dominance of city politics, easily winning election as the District’s seventh mayor in 40 years of self-rule.

Bowser, 42, is a native Washingtonian who has served on the D.C. Council since 2007. She ran as a big-tent Democrat who could appeal equally to the wealthy, majority-white neighborhoods of upper northwest Washington and the poorer, mostly African-American communities east of the Anacostia River. She was endorsed by President Barack Obama, an unusual development for a municipal election in the nation’s capital.

Democrats account for 76 percent of registered voters in the nation’s capital, and every elected mayor has been an African-American Democrat.


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