Muriel Bowser, Eleanor Holmes Norton, other incumbents win in D.C. Democratic primary

Muriel Bowser, Eleanor Holmes Norton and other notable Democratic incumbents won their primary on Tuesday night.

Bowser, D.C.’s mayor, and Norton, the city’s longtime delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, were joined by D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, At-Large council member Anita Bonds, Ward 1 member Brianne Nadeau, Ward 5 member Kenyan McDuffie and Ward 6 member Charles Allen as winners in the Democratic primary.

Bowser, seeking her second term, received 82.99 percent of the vote (58,431 votes). Her Democratic opponents, James Butler and Ernest Johnson, got 10.7 percent (7,532 votes) and 6.31 percent (4,444 votes), respectively.

Bowser, the Ward 4 council member from 2007-15, defeated incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray in 2014.

Norton, who assumed office on Jan. 3, 1991 and is seeking her 15th term, received 76.67 percent of the vote (57,298 votes). Her challenger, Kim Ford, had 23.33 percent (17,438 votes).

D.C. Council races


Mendelson had 62.68 percent of the vote (45,793 votes); challenger Ed Lazere had 37.32 percent (27,261 votes).


Bonds had 52.43 percent of the vote (37,012 votes); challengers Jeremiah Lowery had 23.96 percent (16,914 votes) and Marcus Goodwin had 23.61 percent (16,663 votes).

Ward 1

Nadeau had 48.07 percent of the vote (5,263 votes); challengers Kent Boese had 25.41 percent (2,782 votes), Sheika Reid had 13.44 percent (1,471 votes) and Lori Parker had 13.09 percent (1,433 votes).

Ward 3

Incumbent Mary Cheh won an uncontested race, where results were not tabulated.

Ward 5

McDuffie had 69.43 percent of the vote (7,245 votes); challengers Gayle Carley had 15.06 percent (1,572 votes), Bradley Thomas had 12.32 percent (1,286 votes), LaMonica Jeffrey had 2.74 percent (286 votes) and Nestor Djonkam had 0.44 percent (46 votes).

Ward 6

Allen had 68.4 percent of the vote (9,394 votes); challenger Lisa Hunter had 31.6 percent (4,340 votes).

Notably, voters approved the controversial Initiative 77, raising the minimum wage for tipped workers.

For full elections results, click HERE.

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