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A bunch of new endorsements have come out in the Ward 4 and Ward 8 special election campaigns. Do they mean much, in the funhouse-mirror logic of the crowded fields? Maybe not. But they should send a few more dollars the candidates’ ways ahead of tonight’s campaign finance deadline.

In Ward 4, Muriel Bowser favorite and likely frontrunner Brandon Todd won endorsements from both the Apartment and Office Building Association, the real estate trade group, and the Sierra Club’s District chapter. The Sierra Club also endorsed Ward 8’s Eugene Kinlow, who is making an unlikely run for the top tier of candidates in the race to succeed Marion Barry.

But enough with the dudes. D.C. Women in Politics, a group focused on women’s issues, held votes to decide on which candidates to endorse (only women were allowed to compete). In Ward 4, Renee Bowser, who’s already hitting Todd in mailers, won the endorsement.

In Ward 8, the group backed Ward 8 Democrats president Natalie Williams, who beat Vince Gray favorite Sheila Bunn and narrowly edged out Muriel Bowser-endorsed LaRuby May.

Photo by Will Sommer