Cary Silverman, the Mount Vernon Square lawyer who ran a spirited campaign against longtime Ward 2 incumbent Jack Evans, has conceded the Democratic primary.
“I spoke to Mr. Evans yesterday and I congratulated him,” says Silverman, who also posted a valedictory message on his blog last night. “I don’t expect the outcome [of the election] to change.” Silverman’s campaign had sent out a press release Wednesday morning that said “it’s too early to declare a winner or a loser.”
Still, Silverman says he’s not entirely convinced of the latest numbers’ accuracy. Particularly, he says, he’s not as worried about the phantom write-in votes as much as the phantom votes that were actually allocated to candidates. “They took away more of mine than more of his. You’d think they’d affect both of us proportionally.”
“It’s more confusing today than it was yesterday than it was the day before,” he says.
To that end, he’s dispatched a letter to the elections board asking the board to “take all steps necessary to restore trust in the election results.” Silverman, though not asking specifically for a recount, thinks it might not be a bad idea: “This was not a huge election in terms of turnout,” he says. “It shouldn’t take a lot of time to take out the ballots and run them again, right?”
According to the unofficial numbers, Silverman won a single precinct—-Precinct 2, in East Foggy Bottom, 17-11. (It also turned in, by far, the fewest votes of any precinct; it contains mostly George Washington University student housing.) The CW going in was that if Silverman was going to pull a Hoosiers-like upset, he had to run strong in Foggy Bottom and in the eastern reaches of the ward, in Shaw and Mount Vernon Square, to get carried off the court a la Gene Hackman.
Didn’t happen for him: Evans’ worst showing off of the GW campus was in east Dupont Circle, where he won 55 percent. West Foggy Bottom, the residential part of the neighborhood, went 59 percent for Evans; Silverman’s home precinct, encompassing south Shaw and north Mount Vernon Square, went 64 percent for Evans, just one percentage point off his ward-wide margin. Unsuprisingly, Evans racked up huge margins in the western parts of the ward, garnering better than 70 percent in Georgetown and Kalorama.
Silverman declined to indulge in any postmortems, saying he’ll wait until he has more confidence in the precinct-by-precinct numbers.