With 231,698 votes counted, the DC Board of Elections (DCBOE) posted unofficial election night results just after 9 p.m. As of Tuesday night, most races could be called in the District. Still, you should note that these results are not official, and the counts are not final. Mail-in ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 will be counted if they are received by Nov. 13, and DCBOE has until Nov. 24 to finalize the results.
Of 517,890 registered voters in the District, DCBOE reported 103,529 of those were election day votes, but more than 55 percent, 128,169 were absentee or mail-in ballots.
The race might still be tight throughout the nation, but DC overwhelmingly chose the Joseph R. Biden – Kamala D. Harris Democratic ticket for President, offering about 92 percent of the vote to the Democratic candidates. Incumbent President Donald J. Trump and Michael Pence got just over 5 percent of the vote. The national race remains far from over, but the District was clear where it stood.
Incumbent US Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) secured re-election to a sixteenth term with about 86 percent of the vote, and Paul Strauss (D-DC) was returned as US Shadow Senator.
On DC Council, the heavily populated At-Large race was topped by incumbent Robert White, Jr. who as of Wednesday morning had about 25 percent of the vote. Independent Christina Henderson follows with 15 percent of the vote, appearing to have won the second at-large seat with a 10,000 vote margin over former Councilmember Vincent Orange at 12. 28 percent. Marcus Goodwin and Ed Lazare are steadily holding at around 11 to 12 percent.
Four wards chose representatives to DC Council. Brooke Pinto (D) had a conclusive affirmation of her special election to represent Ward 2 with about 69 percent of the vote.
Janeese Lewis George (D) will represent Ward 4, with nearly 92 percent of voters affirming her as their choice. Incumbent Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent C. Gray (D) was re-elected with nearly 95 percent of the vote. With challenges mounted by independent Fred Hill, Trayon White Sr. (D) managed to secure a conclusive re-election, with about 78 percent of the vote as of Wednesday morning.
Many State Board of Education (SBOE) races played out conclusively at the polls. Allister Chang is likely to represent Ward 2, receiving 49 percent of the vote to Sarah Mehrotra’s 33.3 percent. In Ward 7, long-time educational activist Eboni-Rose Thomson won 41 percent of the vote, topping incumbent Karen Williams by more than 3,000. Frazier O’Leary Jr. was unchallenged in Ward 4, but the race for Ward 8 SBOE rep was won by Carlene D. Reid, with 46.58 percent, nearly 20 percent more than her nearest challenger for the seat. The At-Large SBOE seat seems secured by Jacque Patterson, with 32 of the vote to nearly 19 percent for Mysiki Valentine and Dorothy Douglas each, his nearest competitors.
You can check out all the updating results yourself at the DCBOE website. Remember, DCBOE has until Nov. 24 to finalize results.