As soon as the early voting results started coming in tonight, Muriel Bowser‘s campaign looked like a winner. Bowser spokesman Joaquin McPeek declared that the campaign was confident in its “playbook,” as the Ward 4 councilmember took a double-digit lead in early voting. Even the DJ got into the celebratory mood, putting on celebratory jams like “Pass the Courvoisier” and “Blurred Lines” without a single precinct reporting.
As it turned out, they weren’t wrong. Bowser has handily won the District’s mayoral race, according to preliminary results from the D.C. Board of Elections. With 80 percent of precincts counted, Bowser has 54.74 percent of the vote, compared to just 34.42 percent for rival David Catania. Catania just conceded the election in a speech at his own party. Carol Schwartz has 7.2 percent.
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