[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/30/art.fenty.file3.gi.jpg caption =" D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is in a tight race with City Council Chairman Vincent Gray for the Democratic primary, set for Tuesday."]
Washington (CNN) - Mayor Adrian Fenty swept into office in 2006 promising to fix the District of Columbia's struggling schools. Now, Fenty is in the fight of his career in part because of how he's tried to reform the district's schools.
Fenty is in a nail-biter of a race in Tuesday's primary, running neck-and-neck with challenger and City Council Chairman Vincent Gray.
"We've got an uphill battle because we made tough decisions," said Fenty while campaigning at a local street fair. "We'll continue to make those tough decisions because they're right for the people. But we're not naive. We know this has cost us a little political popularity that we came into the polls with."
While this is a local election - the Democratic mayoral primary - the race is being closely watched far beyond the District because the outcome could carry significant implications for the national debate over education reform.