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Bonds holds slightly lead in first public poll in fluid D.C. City Council race

Tue, Apr 23, 2013

Washington, District Of Columbia

Democrat Anita Bonds holds a slight lead in her quest to retain the At-Large D.C. City Council seat to which she was appointed after Phil Mendelson (D) vacated the seat when he was elected Council Chairman.

Of the 76% of poll respondents who said they would definitely or probably vote on April 23, Bonds led the field with 19 percent. Republican Patrick Mara and Democrat Elissa Silverman followed with 13 percent. Democrat Matthew Frumin is at 8 percent, with Statehood Green candidate Perry Redd and Democrat Paul Zukerberg at 2 percent each.

The race to fill the seat remains very fluid because 43% of the respondents in the poll conducted by Public Policy Polling indicated that they had yet to decide on a candidate. Drawing conclusions from this poll is even more difficult than the 43% undecided indicates because the
poll did not reach cell phone-only voters and did not include a response for Michael A. Brown, who withdrew from the race earlier this month, but will still remain on the ballot.

Voters can already vote in this race, as early voting has been underway since last week. Along with the race to fill the At-Large Council seat, District voters face a question as to whether or not they would like to divorce their budgeting process from Congressional oversight.