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D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange is a one-man motivational story and living proof of the power of persistence. He registered a sad 2.9 percent in the 2006 mayoral race, was whupped in 2010’s council chairman’s race, and got dissed when the Democratic State Committee filled a separate council vacancy in January. But Orange never concluded that the District just wasn’t that into him. In fact, you could argue that no other pol had a better 2011 than Orange, who squeaked back onto the council in an April special election. He hasn’t been slimed by the Wilson Building’s ethics mess, thanks in large part to the opposition of figures like Kwame Brown and Vince Gray during the election. On the other hand, his overwhelming victory in African-American neighborhoods makes it clear that he has the base that got Brown and Gray elected.