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Today’s Mayoral Power Rankings are interactive. If Jeff Thompson is charged before the end of the day, just print this blog post out, cut out Vince Gray‘s entry, and paste it on to the bottom.  And check back on LL Tuesday morning, when the campaign finance reports due Monday could upend the rankings.

1. Muriel Bowser

What: Bowser got a gift from the Washington Post this week in the news that the Thompson investigation could be heating up again. Plus, she’s got her face on lamp posts.

Why: This is the slimmest margin on a Power Rankings win yet. While Bowser’s opponents haven’t scored a major hit on her yet, her own campaign workers seem content to do that themselves, setting up fundraisers with erratic ex-NBA player Steve Francis and scandal-connected Adrian Fenty chum Sinclair Skinner.

Sincerest Form of Flattery Watch: Fake Muriel Bowser remains the most dedicated fake Twitter account of the race, with an operator so devoted to the gag that he or she is now live-tweeting Bowser’s debate appearances.

Power Rankings Momentum: Rising.

2. Vince Gray

What: Incumbent Gray had a good week until the very of it, scoring endorsements or near-endorsements from the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the Latino Caucus, and the Northwest Current. Gray was set to cruise to numero uno in the Power Rankings, in fact, until Thompson got in the news again.

Why: Gray campaign manager Chuck Thies, meanwhile, claims that his campaign has a database of their potential voters that Gray’s rivals can’t beat. “They’re carpet-bombing,” Thies says. “We have laser-guided missiles.”

Power Rankings Momentum: Rising.

 3. Jack Evans

What: One weird theory explaining Evans’ candidacy—-that Machen would go after Gray in the final days of the race, leaving Evans as the second best choice for the mayor’s supporters—-is getting closer to becoming reality. Evans’ mailer barrage continues. Evans didn’t get the Current endorsement, missing a chance to at least firm up his Upper Caucasia base.

Why: But is Evans too touchy to handle the heat of being a frontrunner? The campaign’s conference call with reporters over Bowser’s otherwise-forgotten Georgetown jab kept LL busy on Monday, but it didn’t do much for Evans’ candidacy.

Power Rankings Momentum: Falling.

4. Tommy Wells

What: Wells’ marijuana decriminalization bill passed the D.C. Council. His strict ethics push didn’t play well in front of some audiences, with Gray supporters at one shouting Wells down.

Why: Wells has managed to get on the right side of the viable candidate cut-off as debate organizers and self-appointed candidate culler Colby King try to winnow the field.

Power Rankings Momentum: Falling.

5. Andy Shallal

What: Shallal’s campaign went on a late-week press release blitz, putting out poll numbers of dubious significance and a Friday demand for Gray to “come clean” about Thompson.

Why: Shallal could stand to benefit if the U.S. Attorney’s office raises questions about Gray’s last campaign.

Power Rankings Momentum: Stalled.

6. Vincent Orange

What: Orange picked up some more labor support this week with an endorsement from a nurses union. Besides Gray, Orange had the most enthusiastic backers at the Ward 7 debate.

Why: He continues to hitch his campaign to the country’s number one song.

Power Rankings Momentum: Stalled.

7. Reta Jo Lewis

What: LL has seen some of Lewis’ campaign workers. Many of them presumably know that people don’t use PDAs anymore. Nevertheless, Lewis’ staff have somehow let her tell audiences multiple time this week to “pull out your PDAs.”

Why: It’s sad to see a longtime public servant like Lewis fall into the grip of Big Palm Pilot.

Power Rankings Momentum: Falling.

Photos by Darrow Montgomery