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District of Columbia Mayor awaiting elections results despite federal probe

DC Mayor Vincent Gray is running for re-election despite federal probe.
DC Mayor Vincent Gray is running for re-election despite federal probe.
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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is awaiting results in his Democratic primary bid for another term tonight despite an ongoing federal probe of his campaign financing in 2010. The probe stems from charges that Gray knowingly had an illegal slush fund aimed at defeating his 2010 rival Adrian Fenty, according to ABC News on April 1.

Gray's opponent Muriel Bowser, with whom Gray is running neck and neck, says that the city needs a "fresh start" because of the corruption charges that Gray is facing. Bowser, who graduated from Chatham College and American University, currently serves on the District of Columbia's City Council, representing Ward 4. She has an undergraduate degree in history and a Master's degree in Public Policy.

Gray is not the first District of Columbia Mayor to find himself enwrapped with political trouble. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for smoking crack cocaine in 1990; although he still managed to come back to be elected Mayor again in 1994.

Perhaps Gray is hoping that he also will be able to pull off a political comeback despite the political corruption charges that he currently is facing. If he wins the primary tonight, he still will have to face off against a Republican rival in the general election as his case progresses in the court system.