muriel bowser

*(Via USA Today) – Muriel Bowser defeated embattled Washington Mayor Vincent Gray for the Democratic nomination in the nation’s capital, as primary voters opted Tuesday for a new beginning after the incumbent’s scandal-plagued term.

Bowser, a City Council member for the last seven years, emerged in recent weeks in the eight-person field as the main alternative to Gray, whose tenure has been overshadowed by a federal investigation into the financing of his 2010 campaign.

She was declared the Democratic primary winner by the Associated Press, based on unofficial returns early Wednesday.

The District of Columbia’s voters “said with a resounding voice they want a fresh start,” Bowser proclaimed at her victory party, shortly after Gray’s concession remarks. “I will run a campaign of integrity, and vision, and energy and inclusion. I promise that the values of our campaign will reflect the collective values of those of us in all eight wards.”

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