How It Unfolded: Walsh Is Elected Mayor

The News: It’s a historic change for Boston. Martin Walsh will be the city’s next mayor, as he defeated John Connolly in a tight race. Walsh replaces longtime Mayor Thomas Menino.

- STORY: Walsh Elected The Next Mayor Of Boston

RELATED: East Boston Rejects Suffolk Downs Casino Proposal

 

Map: Where Walsh, Connolly Won

See here for our interactive precinct-by-precinct results map.

 

Recap: Who Won Today’s Watched Races

Recapping the main races we were watching this Election Day 2013:

Boston Mayor:
Walsh over Connolly

Boston City Council:
– At-large winners: Pressley, Wu, Flaherty, Murphy
– District 1 – Salvatore LaMattina
– District 2 – Bill Linehan
– District 3 – Frank Baker (unopposed)
– District 4 – Charles Yancey
– District 5 – Timothy McCarthy
– District 6 – Matt O’Malley
– District 7 – Tito Jackson
– District 8 – Josh Zakim
– District 9 – Mark Ciommo

Suffolk Downs Casino:
– East Boston – No
– Revere – Yes

Lawrence Mayor:
– Rivera over Lantigua

Palmer Casino:
– No

 

Photos: Walsh Wins; Connolly Concedes

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh celebrates his victory. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh celebrates his victory. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

City Councilor John Connolly concedes to state Rep. Marty Walsh in Boston's mayoral race. (Dominick Reuter/WBUR)

City Councilor John Connolly concedes to state Rep. Marty Walsh in Boston’s mayoral race. (Dominick Reuter/WBUR)

 

Walsh: Mission Is To Make Boston A ‘Hub Of Opportunity’

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh celebrates his victory. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh celebrates his victory. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

A warm and grateful Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh celebrated with a packed room of supporters in his victory speech just now.

“If we set our sights high, Boston, I promise you, the best is yet to come,” he said toward the end of his remarks.

“This is Boston strong, and together, we’re going to make Boston even stronger,” he added.

Walsh stressed equality in his speech.

“My mission as mayor to make Boston a hub of opportunity,” he said.

Walsh thanked his supporters — from the candidates in the preliminary who endorsed him to his “brothers and sisters” in the labor movement — Mayor Thomas Menino and his challenger, John Connolly.

 

Final Tally In Walsh Over Connolly

- Walsh: 51.55 percent (72,514 votes)
– Connolly: 48.06 percent (67,606)

That’s per the city’s unofficial results.

 

How About The Boston City Council?

Four have been elected at-large city councilors, out of eight candidates. Here they are, per unofficial city tallies:

– Ayanna Pressley – 18.30 percent
– Michelle Wu – 17.98 percent
– Michael Flaherty – 16.59 percent
– Stephen Murphy – 13.54 percent

Pressley and Murphy were the two incumbents on the ballot. Flaherty is a former councilor.

And here’s who won the district races, per unofficial city tallies:

– District 1 – Salvatore LaMattina
– District 2 – Bill Linehan
– District 3 – Frank Baker (unopposed)
– District 4 – Charles Yancey
– District 5 – Timothy McCarthy
– District 6 – Matt O’Malley
– District 7 – Tito Jackson
– District 8 – Josh Zakim
– District 9 – Mark Ciommo

 

Connolly Concedes, Pledges ‘Full Support’ To Walsh

City Councilor John Connolly concedes to state Rep. Marty Walsh in Boston's mayoral race. (Dominick Reuter/WBUR)

City Councilor John Connolly concedes to state Rep. Marty Walsh in Boston’s mayoral race. (Dominick Reuter/WBUR)

“We came up short tonight, but I am very proud of how we ran this campaign,” John Connolly just said in a high-energy concession speech.

Connolly expressed pride in the diversity of his supporters and the issues he championed.

He was also gracious when speaking of Walsh.

“Marty Walsh is a good man … and he will do good things for Boston,” said Connolly, who added that Walsh has his “full support.”

Connolly also thanked Menino “for being a great mayor,” even though he acknowledged that he’s disagreed with Menino in the past.

 

Marty Walsh Is The Next Mayor Of Boston

The current mayor, Thomas Menino, has confirmed the news of his successor by tweeting his call to Mayor-Elect Walsh.

Here’s more from WBUR’s Deb Becker:

 

Palmer Turns Down Mohegan Sun Casino

It’s another loss for a casino proposal in Massachusetts.

By a slim, 93-vote margin — 2,657 votes to 2,564 — voters in the western Massachusetts town of Palmer have turned down a proposed Mohegan Sun casino proposal there, the town told WBUR.

Approximately 66 percent of Palmer voters turned out.

 

With 58 Percent Reporting….

Walsh has a 51 percent-to-49 percent lead.

Additionally, the Walsh campaign has told WBUR’s David Scharfenberg and Fred Thys that it believes it has the votes to win this election. We’re awaiting official returns, however.

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