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Brown is rare DC incumbent in tough election fight

Saturday - 10/27/2012, 9:06pm  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - D.C. Councilmember Michael A. Brown has been scrutinized throughout his re-election bid for everything from his attempt to legalize online gambling to his personal financial problems.

In September, he revealed that more than $113,000 was missing from his campaign account. He says he was a victim of theft.

Still, many political observers expect him to prevail over newcomer David Grosso, even though Grosso holds a major fundraising advantage and has been endorsed by The Washington Post.

The race illustrates the power of incumbency in the district. Voters are often reluctant to throw out officeholders, despite broad dissatisfaction with the local government.

The Council lost two members this year to corruption scandals, including its chairman. Yet Brown is the only councilmember facing a tough re-election fight.

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