Jun 5, 2024 - News

In Ward 7 race, Wendell Felder declares victory over anti-stadium rival

An interactive dashboard showing the latest results of the Ward 7 Democratic primary results in Washington, D.C.
Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Ward 7 D.C. Council race remains too close to call, but the candidate friendly to a new Commanders stadium has the upper hand.

The big picture: Wendell Felder has declared victory, and holds a narrow 330-vote lead over Ebony Payne, a staunch opponent of a new stadium at the RFK site. But Payne's campaign tells Axios she isn't conceding.

State of play: Felder has told Axios he is open to a stadium — with community support and without taxpayer funding.

  • Payne won precincts surrounding the site, where many residents oppose the traffic a stadium would bring. Felder meanwhile dominated votes east of the Anacostia River.
  • About 83.5% of expected votes have been reported, per the Associated Press.

Friction point: Payne's campaign manager Chuck Rocha tells Axios they're waiting for all votes to come in.

  • "Wendell gave a speech," Rocha, who is also Payne's fiancé, said in a text message. "He doesn't get to decide."

The fine print: Campaigns can request a recount, but will have to pay out-of-pocket if the difference between candidates is over 1%.

  • Felder currently has a 3.2 percentage point lead.
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