District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray tried to rally his base. But his core supporters weren't nearly enough, as a scandal-weary electorate rallied behind a much-younger challenger who promised honest and ethical leadership.
D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser defeated Gray in Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary, leaving Gray to serve nine months as a lame duck.
The defining moment of the election occurred three weeks earlier in a courtroom. Federal prosecutors say Gray knew about an illegal $668,000 slush fund that helped him defeat incumbent Adrian Fenty in 2010. Five people involved with his previous campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies, and the new allegations surfaced as part of a plea deal for the businessman who provided the illegal funds.
Gray has denied wrongdoing and hasn't been charged with a crime.