WASHINGTON (AP) — Muriel Bowser's decisive Democratic primary victory makes her the presumptive favorite to be sworn in as the District of Columbia's next mayor.
But she can't expect to breeze through the general election like Democratic nominees have in four decades of mayoral elections.
Bowser defeated incumbent Vincent Gray in Tuesday's primary by appealing to voters weary of the scandals surrounding Gray's 2010 campaign, which is under federal investigation.
The general election in November could be the city's closest such race since 1994. That's when Marion Barry won a fourth term following his arrest for smoking crack cocaine.
Independent Councilmember David Catania will challenge Bowser. He is white, openly gay and a former Republican — all of which would be firsts for a mayor of Washington.