How It Unfolded: Walsh, Connolly Moving On To Mayoral Final
State Rep. Martin Walsh, from Dorchester, and City Councilor John Connolly, from West Roxbury, have emerged from the 12-candidate preliminary and will square off in November.
1 - Walsh (18.5 percent)
2 - Connolly (17.2 percent)
- Golar Richie (13.8 percent)
- Conley (11.3 percent)
- Arroyo (8.8 percent)
- Barros (8.1 percent)
- Consalvo (7.6 percent)
- Ross (7.2 percent)
- Walczak (3.4 percent)
- Yancey (2.1 percent)
- Clemons (1.6 percent)
- Wyatt (0.3 percent)
Marty Walsh, who's moving on to November, released the following statement:
This is a race about who we are – about values, and about whether Boston will be a city for all its people, in every neighborhood, not just some. I’m so grateful to all the people who made tonight’s result possible. Tonight’s a great start, but it’s only a start, and we have a lot more work to do over the next six weeks.
The results from the first several precincts are coming now, via the city. Our results display will update dynamically to the right of this post, and on the WBUR home page (wbur.org). If you're viewing us on mobile, visit wbur.org.
So far, with just 6 percent reporting, Marty Walsh has 29 percent of the vote, followed by John Connolly, with 18 percent.
Update: But subsequent results may come with a bit of a delay, due to city of Boston tech issues:
— Boston Election Dept (@BostonElections) September 25, 2013
Our reporters are at the Election Night parties of most of the candidates. A few reports:
At Conley hq at seaport hotel. Conley staffers say they had a huge gotv effort today. No sign of Conley yet. #wbur
— wburdebbecker (@wburdebbecker) September 25, 2013
— Frederic Thys (@fredthys) September 25, 2013
Arroyo staff tell me late surge among voters today has them feeling optimistic. #bosmayor
— Jack Lepiarz (@Lepiarz) September 25, 2013
As we're hearing more reports of lighter-than-hoped-for turnout (but fairly average for municipal elections), we're also hearing about voters' tough decisions with so many candidates of similar stances on the ballot.
For instance, here's what Jamaica Plain resident Pat Rutherford told our Asma Khalid:
I could have voted for a number of the candidates in good conscience. But I just decided to vote for [Charlotte Golar Richie] as I walked in there.
Some 10.7 percent of registered voters have so far cast ballots in the preliminary election, according to Boston election officials. That's nearly 40,000 votes.
Per WBUR's David Scharfenberg, the neighborhoods of West Roxbury, Hyde Park and Roslindale have relatively strong turnout so far.
“It’s time to change. It’s time for us to move on and for the city to move on," retiring longtime Mayor Thomas Menino said as he cast his preliminary municipal ballot this morning in Hyde Park, according to NECN.
The 70-year-old Menino, who has served as mayor since 1993, announced earlier this year he's retiring, setting off the current 12-candidate open race.
Menino said the field consists of "real good candidates" but when pressed by a reporter on this morning's vote, maintained "it's a "secret ballot."
A reminder from the city's elections bureau:
Please do not photograph your marked ballots #leaveinstagramathome
— Boston Election Dept (@BostonElections) September 24, 2013
It's against Massachusetts law to share a photo of your market ballot, as our Nate Goldman reported in November 2012, when #showmeyourballot was a trending Twitter hashtag.
The headline across the top of today's Boston Globe pretty well sums it up: "It all rests on turnout today."
With polls open for five hours now, the 12 mayoral candidates and their teams are crisscrossing the city, trying to get all of their potential voters to the polls before 8 p.m. ("get out the vote," or GOTV, in political shorthand).
And with so many candidates, the competitors are fighting for every last vote. Here's what City Councilor John Connolly told our Fred Thys yesterday:
I’ll bet you it’ll be just a few thousand votes that separates the top seven or eight candidates. And you could see a few hundred votes separating first and third.
First being a spot on November's ballot, of course, and third being out of the running.
So how's turnout so far? As of 9 a.m. about 5 percent of registered Boston voters had cast ballots.
As she reported for our Newscast Unit, WBUR's Martha Bebinger found some disappointed campaign operatives in Chinatown:
At a polling place in Chinatown, volunteers for many of the candidates say turnout is not as good as they'd hoped for. And they're a little surprised because they've done a lot of work to get people to the polls today. One volunteer says the reason may be that the list of candidates may be overwhelming and in the end people couldn't make up their minds.
Volunteers are still out, though, knocking on doors and making calls, trying to get as many people to the polls today as possible.
Boston voters are heading to their polling places today to cast ballots in the preliminary municipal election. Here are the basics:
The Mayor's Race:
-- Voters today will narrow the field of mayoral candidates from 12 to two. Then today's top two vote-getters will square off on Nov. 5 to replace longtime Mayor Thomas Menino.
-- So who will advance? Well, this race is very much up in the air, but our poll, released last week, found City Councilor John Connolly with a slim lead, followed by state Rep. Marty Walsh, former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley and City Councilor Felix Arroyo. Two other recent polls showed Connolly ahead.
-- Voters will also winnow the slate (PDF) of 39 candidates for at-large and district Boston City Council seats. The top eight vote-getters for at-large city councilor will be on the Nov. 5 ballot, as will the top two vote-getters for four district seats.
-- Boston Magazine has more coverage of the city council candidates.