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Obama wins D.C.'s 3 electoral votes

Wednesday - 11/7/2012, 3:21am  ET

BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama scored an easy victory Tuesday in the District of Columbia, gaining three electoral votes from the city where he's lived for the past four years.

With all precincts reporting, Obama carried 91 percent of the vote. That's one percentage point less than he received in 2008, when his margin was the largest for a presidential candidate in the city's history.

Democrats outnumber Republicans 11 to 1 in the nation's capital, and the Democratic candidate has carried the district in every presidential election since 1964, the first year the city's residents voted for president.

Although the city is no longer majority-black, African-Americans still outnumber any other ethnic group. Four years ago, residents partied all night on the streets to celebrate the election of the nation's first black president. Late Tuesday night, after Obama won his second term, crowds gathered to celebrate outside the White House and on U Street Northwest, once the cultural hub of black Washington.

Turnout was 50.6 percent, including more than 50,000 residents who voted early.

Andrea Carr, a 40-year-old stay-at-home mom who voted for Obama, said she didn't think Romney's policies would benefit her.

"I think that if Romney gets into office, he is only going to represent people of a higher class," she said.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who has represented the district in Congress since 1991, easily won an 11th term.

Among the races for local office, only one was competitive: the race for an at- large seat on the D.C. Council reserved for minority parties. Challenger David Grosso defeated incumbent and fellow independent Michael A. Brown, who was seeking a second term.

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, a Democrat, took over for Kwame Brown in June after Brown pleaded guilty to bank fraud and resigned. He defeated frequent candidate Calvin Gurley in a special election to fill out the remainder of Brown's term.

Councilmember Marion Barry, 76, a former four-term mayor, won his third consecutive term representing the poorest of the city's wards. Councilmember Yvette Alexander defeated Republican Ronald Moten, and councilmembers Muriel Bowser and Jack Evans were unopposed.

Democratic Councilmember Vincent Orange held onto the other at-large seat being contested Tuesday.

For Michael Brown, it was a nightmarish campaign season. His personal financial difficulties were heavily scrutinized, and in September, he revealed that more than $113,000 had gone missing from his campaign account earlier in the summer _ the entire balance at the time. Brown said he was a victim of theft and fired his treasurer, but no charges have been filed.

The missing money left Grosso with a major financial advantage, and the reform- minded candidate tallied a series of influential endorsements. Still, Brown _ the son of the late former Commerce Secretary Ronald Brown _ is well-liked by many district voters and ran as a champion of the disadvantaged.

Paul Malvey, 66, a retired financial economist, voted for Grosso because he believes the council needs an overhaul. He called it "so embarrassing" that Barry, who was convicted of a drug charge while serving as mayor, was still on the council.

"I think Grosso is better because he's not the other two," Malvey said, referring to Brown and Orange. "He seems like he has his head on his shoulders, legally."

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Associated Press writer Brett Zongker contributed to this report.

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