Wendell Felder wins DC Council Ward 7 primary race – NBC4 Washington

As of Friday afternoon, Wendell Felder has won the primary race for DC Council member in Ward 7.

Felder received 23.5% of the vote — nearly 400 votes more than runner-up Ebony Payne, according to the DC Board of Elections count. Payne was conceded in the race on Friday afternoon.

Because the district’s voters are overwhelmingly made up of registered Democrats, the winners of Tuesday’s Democratic primary can be expected to win in this fall’s general election in DC.

Ward 7 was the most watched race in the district. Councilman Vincent Gray (who is also a former mayor of DC) is not running for re-election due to health reasons. It was a crowded field, with ten candidates vying for the Democratic nomination.

Felder declared victory on Tuesday evening with a narrow lead over Payne. Payne issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying she would not concede until every vote is counted.

“It is never easy to challenge the status quo, and we knew from day one that this would be an uphill battle and highly competitive,” Payne said in her statement. “As of 6/6 at 3:00 PM, all precinct election results have not been published on the DC Board of Elections website. Every vote must be reported.”

“We will wait until all votes are counted and reported before we allow anyone to vote,” Payne’s statement continued in part.

The Washington Post called the race for Felder on Thursday evening.

On Friday, just before 12:30 p.m., Payne released a statement conceding the race.

“The votes have been counted and we are a few hundred short of winning out of over 12,000 votes cast in this race,” Payne said. “I called Wendell Felder to congratulate him on his nomination as the Democratic candidate.”

News4’s Mark Segraves contributed to this report.

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