Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser won the Democratic primary and will go on to run for her third term in office this fall, despite criticism over her city’s skyrocketing crime rate.
The Associated Press called the race for Bowser after she won more than 55% of the vote with nearly 40% of ballots counted.
She faced off against three other challengers, including Robert White, Trayvon White, and James Butler.
Councilmember Trayvon White came in third with just over 7% of the vote. He made headlines for controversial claims such as saying in 2018 that “the Rothschilds [are] controlling the climate to create natural disasters.”
Metropolitian Police Department statistics show that compared to 2021 year-to-date, homicides have increased 15% in D.C. while robbery has increased 32%.
Bowser will face off this fall against Republican Stacia Hall, the lone GOP mayoral candidate.
Bowser is likely to win reelection, as the District of Columbia has never had a Republican mayor.