Washington (CNN) – The hotly contested Democratic mayoral primary in the nation's capital already has claims malfunctioning voting machines and other irregularities could have affected voting results.
But a request from the Vincent Gray for Mayor Campaign asking for extended voting time was denied by the DC Superior Court.
Traci Hughes, press secretary for Gray's campaign, said the campaign asked for extended voting hours because of reports of irregularities at polling stations during the day. The request for an injunction was denied by the DC Superior Court Tuesday evening. Hughes said the Gray campaign was "disappointed" by the decision but would wait for voting results before pressing the issue.
"I don't know at this point if we'll pursue it further," Hughes said. "Of course we're disappointed. But the polls closed half and hour ago and for right now we will just await the results."
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."
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11:45 a.m. - District of Columbia mayoral candidate Vincent Gray tells CNN creating jobs in struggling African American neighborhoods is his top priority if he wins.
Gray says what he describes as Mayor Adrian Fenty's "apology tour" seems more a tactic than genuine contrition.
Also, should he win Tuesday's Democratic primary, Gray, the current city council chairman, promises a quick sit down with Schools Chancellor and Fenty ally Michelle Rhee to see if they can agree on her staying on.
Still, Gray stresses school reform is "not about one person." Gray didn't say so, but sources close to him tell CNN top Gray allies already working on Rhee outreach plan with hopes of getting her to stay on should Gray win.
CNN interviewed Gray and Fenty separately as they visited polling stations in the District of Columbia Tuesday morning.
Washington (CNN) - Early voting begins Monday in the District of Columbia, 15 days before the crucial primaries.
The start of early voting comes one day after a new Washington Post poll indicates Mayor Adrian Fenty trails his Democratic challenger, City Council Chairman Vincent Gray, by double digits. Since Democrats dominate elections in the city, the winner of the Democratic primary will be considered the overwhelming favorite in the November general election.
According to the survey, Gray leads Fenty 49 to 36 percent among registered Democratic voters. But his lead swells to 53 to 36 percent among those likely to cast ballots in the Democratic primary.
The poll indicates that most Democrats polled give the mayor credit for his accomplishments during his term in office and say he brought needed change to the city. But voters are split on whether Fenty, who's running for a second term, is willing to listen to different points of view and whether he understands the problems of people like them. And by a 13-point margin, a plurality say the mayor's not honest and trustworthy.