9:12 PM

East Boston Is A No On Suffolk Downs

East Boston has voted against the Suffolk Downs casino proposal, the WBUR Newsroom has confirmed (Update: The final tally was 56 percent (4,281 votes) to 44 percent (3,353)). Here’s an emailed statement from Chip Tuttle, the racetrack’s chief operating officer:

On behalf of the hundreds of volunteers, supporters and employees of Suffolk Downs, we want to thank the people of Revere for their overwhelming vote of confidence in our project. We believe that the people of Revere voted for jobs and a boost to their economy.

We thank the people of East Boston for allowing us to state our case for thousands of jobs for local residents and we appreciate the support we received.

We will reassess our plans based on tonight’s results.

Tuttle also told our WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman that Suffolk Downs may seek to work with Revere about a proposal solely in that city.

Update: A statement from Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo:

Today, the people of Revere voted for jobs and economic development for their city and for the future of resort gaming in Revere. Tonight I called Suffolk Downs and I have asked them to reshape their project and to build it only on their 52 acres in Revere. I will work with the Gaming Commission so that Revere’s affirmative land-use vote on this issue can stand. Our community will continue to fight so that Revere can win this boost to our local economy.

8:54 PM

With 22 Percent Reporting…

Walsh has the slim lead, 50.18 percent to 49.48 percent.

8:48 PM

With 10 Percent Reporting…

Connolly has the early lead, 54 percent to 46 percent.

8:00 PM

Polls Have Closed; The Counting Begins

Polls are now closed in Boston.

The results will soon begin to come in atop this page, and we’ll post occasional updates with the numbers.

There’s also special coverage on WBUR-FM. Listen here.

A reminder: The results don’t come in uniformly, but rather piecemeal, from various wards across the city.

7:35 PM

Split Decisons In JP

As WBUR’s Fred Thys reported earlier, Jamaica Plain is one of the neighborhoods the campaigns are eyeing. Here’s a sample of what we heard:

Getting the endorsements of John Barros and Felix Arroyo both made a big difference to me because those are community leaders that I really respect and who I really trust to push someone towards accountability.

– Elizabeth Miller, who voted for Walsh

I voted for him because of his willingness to tackle the issues, the systemic issues in the Boston public schools.

– Esther Kaplan, who voted for Connolly

6:52 PM

Boston's 6 PM Turnout: 30.55 Percent

The latest turnout tally from the city:

As has been the case throughout the day, turnout remains strongest in Wards 20 (West Roxbury) and 16 (Dorchester), with East Boston, Charlestown, Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park just behind.

6:30 PM

Where The Campaigns Focused Their Efforts Today

With 90 minutes until polls close, here’s how WBUR reporters Fred Thys and Asma Khalid broke down Boston’s mayoral election last hour on All Things Considered:

Fred noted that both the Walsh and Connolly campaigns were paying close attention to the neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Roxbury, trying to win that contested turf.

5:09 PM

Candidates Making Last-Minute Appeals

With polls open for another three hours, mayoral candidates John Connolly and Marty Walsh are making last-minute appeals to prospective voters.

Just earlier, Connolly was out shaking hands at Trinity Academy in Hyde Park, while, before that, Walsh stopped by businesses in Jamaica Plain.

The next turnout numbers come at 6 p.m., and we’ll also have an audio report soon from WBUR’s Fred Thys.

3:31 PM

Boston’s 3 PM Turnout: 20.93 Percent

That turnout among registered voters is about 26 percent higher than at this point in the preliminary election.

On Twitter, MassINC Polling Group’s Steve Koczela has a table of votes in each ward, compared to the preliminary election tallies.

3:16 PM

Casino Drives Many To Polls In Eastie

From left: Sandra Najjar, Dino Tavano and Giordana Mecagni hold signs to either support or reject the casino plan for Suffolk Downs. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

From left: Sandra Najjar, Dino Tavano and Giordana Mecagni hold signs to either support or reject the casino plan for Suffolk Downs. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Reporting from East Boston today, WBUR’s Asma Khalid found some strong turnout. Eastie, along with neighboring Revere, are deciding whether to allow a proposed casino at Suffolk Downs.

She reported for our Newscast Unit:

At polling places across East Boston, many of the signs for and against the casino are bigger than the signs for the candidates.

Twenty-one-year-old Aida Palencia says she came out to the polls because of the casino issue. In fact, she didn’t actually know who was running for mayor.

Palencia thinks it’s not wise to build a casino in this neighborhood.

“And I don’t think that will help our economy,” she said. “Instead it might bring more poverty.”

But Sarah Garcia sees the casino as an opportunity. She voted yes.

“We’re gonna have a lot of jobs,” she said. “We’re going to have a lot of money.”

That’s if voters and the state’s gaming commission approve Suffolk’s plans.