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April 3 Primaries: Barry Favored Again in Ward 8

4/4/2012, 12:50 a.m.

Marion Barry, former District of Columbia mayor and veteran council member, easily defeated his four opponents in April 3 Democratic primary for the Ward 8 D.C. Council race. The win enables Barry, 76, who served four terms as mayor, to return to Council chambers for a third consecutive term after winning 73 percent of the vote.

In other Council races, voters favored Muriel Bowser (D) to retain her seat as the Ward 4 representative, while at-large incumbent Vincent Orange (D) narrowly edged out opponent Sekou Biddle (D), with 41 percent of the vote. Biddle garnered 40 percent of the votes but overall, Orange won by 500 and reportedly, a recount could be on the way.

U. S. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) ran unopposed and therefore, will return to her office on Capitol Hill.

Donna Edwards (D) gets another chance to serve the 4th Congressional District in Maryland, and Senator Ben Cardin -- who had the support of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and former NAACP chief Kweise Mfume -- is poised to compete for a term in the Maryland senate race.

On the national level, Mitt Romney won Wisconsin, the District of Columbia and Maryland in his quest for the GOP presidential nomination.

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