Zero Worship: Tommy Wells? no vote on arena upgrade freezes him out of the ball game. Credit: Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

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District activist organization D.C. for Democracy is the successor to a group devoted to electing Howard Dean in 2004, so LL wouldn’t blame mayoral hopeful Tommy Wells if he let out a Dean scream Wednesday when he found out that he’d fallen just short of winning the lefties’ endorsement.

Wells came in with 41 percent of ballots in the first round, according to a press release from the group. Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal trailed him with 30 percent, while Vince Gray came in with 14 percent. When the group counted second choices, Wells received 54 percent, 12 points short of the two-thirds required to win the endorsement.

Ward 1 candidate Brianne Nadeau also fell short of the endorsement with 57 percent of the vote.

D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson and Ward 5’s Kenyan McDuffie, both of whom are so far only facing token opposition, received the group’s endorsement. So did Ward 6 candidate Charles Allen, who previously chaired the group in the past, and At-Large hopeful Nate Bennett-Fleming.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery