UPDATE: Fenty comes out on top, 97 votes to Gray’s 63. Read more here.
Incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty and Democratic challenger Vincent Gray will compete in a Ward 2 straw poll tonight at the Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle.
On the whole, the D.C. council chairman lags behind Fenty when it comes to straw polls, the Washington Post reports. However, Gray may be making headway in Ward 4, where Fenty served as a councilmember for six years.
The two leading contenders for the mayoral seat, it seems, are booked solid tonight — before sparring at the straw poll, the two candidates will face off in Ward 4 at a public forum organized by five neighborhood groups. The debate will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Takoma Park Baptist Church, 635 Aspen St. The event will not be a one-on-one debate, as other mayoral candidates have confirmed their participation. It will also feature a forum for D.C. council chairman candidates Kwame Brown and Vincent Orange.
The Ward 2 straw poll is sponsored by the Ward 2 Democrats and the Logan Circle Community Association. Registration for the event will begin at 7 p.m.