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Vincent Orange (R) attends the BET Honors 2012 Pre-Honors dinner at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. (credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Vincent Orange (R) attends the BET Honors 2012 Pre-Honors dinner at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. (credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia elections officials are set to certify the results of the April 3 primary, including Councilmember Vincent Orange’s narrow victory over challenger Sekou (SAY-koo) Biddle.

Orange beat Biddle by 1,746 votes in the Democratic primary after absentee and provisional ballots were counted last Friday. On election night, Orange led by just 543 votes, leaving the race too close to call.

Three other D.C. Council incumbents won their primaries easily: Yvette Alexander, Marion Barry and Muriel Bowser. Councilmember Jack Evans was unopposed.

In the Republican presidential primary, Mitt Romney won with 70 percent of the vote.

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics will certify the results at its monthly meeting Wednesday morning.

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