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EX-WASHINGTON MAYOR HAS 12-POINT POLL LEAD IN BID TO REGAIN DISTRICT’S HELM

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Former Mayor Marion Barry, trying for a comeback after his cocaine conviction, holds a 12-point lead over his nearest opponent for the Democratic nomination for mayor, a Washington Post poll indicates.

The survey, published Friday, found that Barry, now a city councilman, commanded support from 38 percent of those questioned. Councilman John Ray drew support from 26 percent but only 16 percent favored incumbent Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly. Twenty percent said they favored another candidate or were undecided.The telephone poll of 593 registered Democrats carried a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.