#AceFinanceNews – WASHINGTON – March 26 – A campaign finance scandal in the District of Columbia has made next week’s Washington Democratic mayoral primary a dead heat, dissolving embattled incumbent Vincent Gray’s lead, a poll showed on Wednesday
Gray, who federal prosecutors have linked to corruption charges, trails city council member Muriel Bowser, with polls showing the challenger having the support of 30 percent of likely Democratic primary voters and the incumbent just 27 percent, the Washington Post survey showed.
Support for Bowser has more than doubled since a January Post poll, while Gray’s backing is unchanged. Eight candidates are running in the mayoral primary and winning that contest is seen as tantamount to winning the general election in the heavily Democratic U.S. capital.
Gray’s reputation was tarnished this month when D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson, a former government contractor, pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws. Federal prosecutors had accused him of funnelling more than $660,000 through friends and relatives to Gray’s successful 2010 campaign.
Prosecutors say Gray agreed to refer to Thompson as “Uncle Earl” in fundraising conversations to conceal the activities.
Washington Post – Reuters – Survey and Poll News