And while the district voted for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney with 61 percent in 2012, there remains a third possibility that a Democrat can eke into a runoff if the second-tier Republicans carve up the conservative vote.
Operatives say Mayo, an African-American mayor of one of the district’s largest cities, would likely be the Democrat who could pull off that scenario.
However with other Democrats in the race, including state Reps. Marcus Hunter and Robert Johnson, the party would need to unite behind just one candidate for Mayo to be successful.
With a low turnout predicted for the contest, operatives say anything can happen on Saturday.
“Anybody that can successfully predict this special election should be a professional horse gamer,” one Republican said.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.