Vincent Gray leads in Washington Post poll

If the Democratic mayoral primary was held today, almost one-quarter of D.C. voters would pick Mayor Vincent Gray.

The Washington Post poll, released Tuesday, puts Gray ahead of D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, who earned 12 percent of the vote.

Foggy Bottom Council member Jack Evans, who is running for mayor for the second time in two decades, tied Council member Tommy Wells with 11 percent.

Gray’s chances could be hindered by the federal investigation into a $650,000 shadow campaign that helped elect Gray in 2010. Just under half of voters said Gray’s murky campaign finance history would be a factor in their pick, according to the poll.

Ethics will likely be a big issue for Gray, with 54 percent of voters saying he is not honest or trustworthy. Still, a majority of voters approve of the job he is doing as mayor.

Gray officially launched his campaign at a Southeast D.C. community center on Saturday and released his first campaign ad.

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