Washington, D.C. mayoral election, 2014

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The 2014 Washington, D.C. mayoral election was held on November 4, 2014, to elect the Mayor of Washington, D.C., concurrently with elections to the United States Senate in various states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Mayor Vincent C. Gray ran for re-election to a second term but was defeated in the April 1 primary by Ward 4 District Councilwoman Muriel Bowser. Bowser went on to win the general election against Independent candidates David Catania and Carol Schwartz.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

  • Christian A. Carter, businessman (withdrew January 18, 2014)

Declined

Endorsements

Polling

Poll source Date(s) administered Sample size Margin of error Vincent C. Gray Muriel Bowser Jack Evans Reta Jo Lewis Vincent Orange Andy Shallal Tommy Wells Other Undecided
March 20–23, 2014 391 ± 6.5% 27% 30% 6% 3% 3% 6% 14% 2% 9%
March 19–23, 2014 441 ± 4.7% 26% 28% 9% 2% 4% 4% 11% 2% 15%
March 13–16, 2014 860 ± 3.3% 27% 27% 13% 1% 2% 7% 9% 14%
February 17–23, 2014 416 ± 4.8% 28% 20% 13% 3% 4% 6% 12% 2% 12%
January 9–12, 2014 669 ± 5% 24% 12% 11% 1% 9% 5% 11% 4% 23%
January 6–9, 2014 502 ± 4.4% 20% 18% 15% 6% 3% 15% 23%
June 27–July 1, 2013 503 ± 4.4% 21% 17% 13% 16% 31%
  • ^ Internal poll for the Muriel Bowser campaign
  • * Internal poll for the Tommy Wells campaign

Results

District of Columbia Democratic primary election, 2014 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Muriel Bowser 42,045 43.38
Democratic Vincent C. Gray (Incumbent) 31,613 32.62
Democratic Tommy Wells 12,393 12.79
Democratic Jack Evans 4,877 5.03
Democratic Andy Shallal 3,196 3.3
Democratic Vincent Orange 1,946 2.01
Democratic Reta Jo Lewis 490 0.51
Democratic Carlos Allen 120 0.12
Democratic Write-in 235 0.24
Total votes 96,915 100

Republican primary

The District of Columbia Republican Committee said it may appoint a candidate to run in the general election. [47] However, since it did not do so by September 8, 2014, no Republican candidate appeared on the general election ballot. [47]

Candidates

Withdrew

  • Kris Hammond, attorney and former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner [48]

Declined

Results

District of Columbia Republican primary election, 2014 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Write-in 717 100
Total votes 717 100

Libertarian primary

Candidates

Declared

Results

District of Columbia Libertarian primary election, 2014 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Bruce Majors 30 90.91
Libertarian Write-in 3 9.09
Total votes 33 100

D.C. Statehood Green primary

Candidates

Declared

Results

District of Columbia Green primary election, 2014 [4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Green Faith Dane 191 47.63
Green Write-in 210 52.37
Total votes 401 100

Independent

Candidates

Declared

  • David Catania, Independent At-large District Councilman [5] [6] [6]
  • Carol Schwartz, former Republican At-large District Councilwoman and candidate for Mayor in 1986, 1994, 1998 and 2002

Withdrew

  • Nestor Djonkam, engineer and Democratic candidate for Mayor in 2006 [54] [6]
  • Ben Foshager (write-in) [6] [6] [7] [7]

Disqualified

  • James M. Caviness [54]
  • Michael T. Green [54]
  • David O. Leacraft-EL [7]
  • Frank E. Sewell [54]

Declined

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s) administered Sample size Margin of error Muriel Bowser (D) David Catania (I) Carol Schwartz (I) Other Undecided
September/October, 2014 500 ± ? 34% 30% 16% 19%
September 28–30, 2014 1,023 ± 3% 35% 27% 11% 27%
43% 33% 24%
September 14–16, 2014 572 ± 4% 43% 26% 16% 1% 14%
50% 33% 1% 16%
55% 25% 2% 18%
March 20–23, 2014 1,102 ± 4% 56% 23% 1% 21%
March 19–23, 2014 532 ± 4.2% 46% 26% 28%
  • * Internal poll for the Karl Racine campaign for Attorney General

Results

Washington, D.C. mayoral election, 2014 [7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Muriel Bowser 96,666 54.50
Independent David Catania 61,388 34.61
Independent Carol Schwartz 12,327 6.95
D.C. Statehood Green Faith Dane 1,520 0.86
Libertarian Bruce Majors 1,297 0.73
Other Write-ins 1,612 0.91
Over Votes Other 95 0.05
Under Votes Other 1,993 1.12
Total votes 177,358 100.00
Democratic hold

Notes

  1. Carlos Allen 1%, Other 1%
  2. Carlos Allen <1%, Other 1%
  3. Carlos Allen <1%, Other 1%
  4. Christian A. Carter 1%, Other 3%
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