BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Michelle Wu was the highest vote-getter in a runoff election for the following mayor of Boston, with fellow metropolis councilor Annissa Essaibi George ending second to turn out to be her opponent within the November 2 election.
Wu maintained a constant massive lead in Tuesday’s preliminary balloting because the vote counting went effectively into Wednesday morning.
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Related Press known as the race as unofficial outcomes from town’s website confirmed 100-percent of precincts reporting. Wu had 33.36 p.c of the vote and metropolis councilor Essaibi George was second with 22.48 p.c.
Metropolis councilor Andrea Campbell was third with 19.72 p.c, simply forward of Appearing Mayor Kim Janey who completed fourth with 19.47 p.c. Janey and Campbell each conceded late Tuesday night time.
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“The race is over,” Essaibi George told WBZ-TV Wednesday morning. “We’re assured in these outcomes. We’re assured in our end on this race and we’re excited to take part on this subsequent half of this marketing campaign.”
All 4 are candidates of coloration, as is John Barros, Boston’s former financial improvement chief and the one man in rivalry. Barros trailed effectively behind the 4 girls with simply 3 p.c.
Historical past has already been made in a metropolis that has by no means elected a lady, Black resident or Asian American as mayor. For the previous 200 years, the workplace has been held by white males.
“This can be a second in Boston the place we face massive challenges. I’m operating for mayor to sort out massive challenges with daring options that embody everybody. So I do know what’s doable,” Wu instructed reporters on the Forest Hills MBTA cease Wednesday morning.
Essaibi George mentioned Tuesday night time she’d gained sufficient help to problem Wu in November.
“Excited to be right here at this time and positively proceed my work proper now in my capability as an at-large metropolis councilor, however wanting ahead to this subsequent six weeks, this work across the marketing campaign. I’m wanting ahead to main this metropolis,” she instructed reporters whereas greeting voters at a diner within the South Finish Wednesday morning.
Earlier this 12 months, Janey grew to become the primary Black Bostonian and first lady to occupy town’s prime workplace in an performing capability after former Mayor Marty Walsh stepped all the way down to turn out to be President Joe Biden’s labor secretary.
“I wish to congratulate Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George on their victories this night,” Janey mentioned in a press release Tuesday night time. “This was a spirited and historic race, and I want them each luck within the last election.”
There had been an effort amongst some leaders within the Black neighborhood to rally round a single candidate to make sure that at the very least one Black mayoral hopeful may declare one of many two prime slots.
The entire candidates are Democrats. Mayoral races in Boston don’t embody get together primaries.
The candidates hail from a variety of backgrounds. Wu’s mother and father immigrated to the US from Taiwan. Janey and Campbell are Black. Essaibi George describes herself as a first-generation Arab-Polish American. Barros is of Cape Verdean descent.
Wu was elected to the Boston Metropolis Council in 2013 at age 28, changing into the primary Asian-American lady to serve on the council. In 2016, she was elected metropolis council president by her colleagues in a unanimous vote, changing into the primary lady of coloration to function president.
Essaibi George gained a collection of key endorsements throughout the race together with from unions representing firefighters, nurses and emergency medical technicians. She additionally gained the backing of former Boston Police Commissioner William Gross.
Essaibi George grew up in Dorchester and taught within the Boston Public Faculties. She was elected to town council in 2015. Her father immigrated to the US from Tunisia in 1972. Her mom was born in a displaced individuals’ camp in Germany of Polish mother and father.
The November contest is also a check of whether or not voters in a metropolis lengthy dominated by parochial neighborhood and ethnic politics are able to faucet somebody like Wu, who grew up in Chicago.
Wu moved to Boston to attend Harvard College and Harvard Legislation College and studied beneath U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, then a regulation professor. She’s the one candidate not born in Boston.
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