Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is staying neutral in a bitter Democratic primary contest in his own backyard.
As voters in the District of Columbia cast ballots in Tuesday's primary, the White House reconfirmed that the president is not taking sides in the Democratic contest for mayor.
Last week Mayor Adrian Fenty, who faces a tough bid for a second term in office, told WTOP, the city's all news radio station, that he personally called the White House to ask for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's endorsement. Fenty endorsed then presidential candidate Obama prior to the 2008 D.C. primary.
"I have personally reached out," Fenty told WTOP. "I don't want to get into who I would have talked to for obvious reasons."
Fenty said that he did not expect the president to make a personal appearance on his behalf before the primary.
Ask by reporters Tuesday why the President didn't campaign with Fenty, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said "the president doesn't get involved in every single race."
Recent polls of likely Democratic primary voters in D.C. indicated that Fenty trailed City Council Chairman Vincent Gray in the party's mayoral primary.
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