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Tonight we have the Democratic primary for mayor of Washington, DC. Incumbent Vince Gray has been weakened over allegations he illegally set up a shadow-campaign in 2010, and he faces several challengers. Councilmember Muriel Bowser has emerged as Gray's most prominent foe, but the split anti-Gray field may allow the mayor to secure the plurality he needs to win renomination. The winner will be heavily favored in the November general, though independent Councilor David Catania looks like he can give Gray a real fight.

Next up, we have the special election in Alabama's HD-53 that was delayed a week. Democratic nominee and pastor Anthony "Alann" Johnson will face Republican Willie "W.A." Casey in what should be an easy hold for the Democrats.

We also have several special legislative elections in Massachusetts. In the Fourth Hampden Representative District, Democratic attorney John Velis faces Republican Westfield Councilor Daniel Allie in a district Obama won 52-46. In the Sixteenth Suffolk Representative District, Democratic nominee and former legislative aide Roselee Vincent faces Republican businessman Todd Taylor in a 64-35 Obama seat. In the Fifth Middlesex Senate District, Democratic state Rep. Jason Lewis will take on Republican Melrose Alderman Monica Medeiros in a 59-39 Obama seat.

Finally, we have the Democratic primary in the Fifth Suffolk Representative District. Five candidates are running here; because no other parties filed, the winner will be unopposed in the general election.

For information about the candidates, closing times, and future elections, see our calendar here.  

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by State & Local ACTION Group.

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