Gray, Bowser Neck-and-Neck as Mayoral Race Winds Down

James Wright | 3/21/2014, 12:11 p.m.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser are in a statistical dead heat, according to the latest poll for the Democratic mayoral nomination.

The Washington City Paper-Kojo Nnamdi Show poll released Thursday shows Gray and Bowser at 27 percent, far ahead of the rest of the six candidates as the April 1 election day approaches.

Tom Jensen, the director of Public Policy Polling, the firm that conducted the survey, said that it increasingly looks like a two-horse race.

"Vincent Gray or Muriel Bowser is overwhelmingly likely to win the primary in a couple of weeks," Jensen said. "The race could not be any closer right now. Our previous poll had found Gray ahead, so Bowser seems to have the momentum in the race."

D.C. Council members Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) received 13 and nine percent, respectively, while District entrepreneur Andy Shallal had seven percent, D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) had two percent and former State Department official Reta Jo Lewis had one percent.

District rapper and businessman Carlos Allen did not register in the poll.

The poll showed that Gray had 40 percent support among black voters, 27 percent among Latinos and 10 percent among whites. Bowser had 26 percent black support with 32 percent white support and 15 percent from Latinos.