Boston Preliminary Election Results

Boston voters have, for the first time, narrowed the field of mayoral candidates to two women of color who will face off in November.

City Councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George topped the five-person race in Tuesday’s preliminary runoff.

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They bested Mayor Kim Janey, City Councilor Andrea Campbell and John Barros, the city’s former economic development chief.

Wu’s parents immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan. Essaibi George describes herself as a first-generation Arab Polish-American.

Whoever wins on Nov. 2 will make history in a city where the mayor's office has been held by a white man for the past 200 years.

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Janey conceded defeat late Tuesday night.

"While we are still waiting on some results, it appears that we have come up short in the election," Janey wrote in a statement. "I want to congratulate Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George on their victories this evening. This was a spirited and historic race, and I wish them both luck in the final election."

Wu's campaign declared victory in the preliminary election at about 11:20 p.m. after she told supporters about an hour and a half earlier that her campaign was confident that she would make the top two and move on to the final municipal election on Nov. 2.

Shortly after 11:15 p.m., Campbell conceded defeat in the mayoral preliminary and addressed her supporters. She said she congratulated Wu and Essaibi George on their success in the election.

"It's not the result we wanted. It's not the result we expected. But we have something to be extremely proud of," Campbell said.

Essaibi George then addressed her supporters about 30 minutes later saying she looked forward to facing off against Wu in the final mayoral election.

Wu and Essaibi George now have until the election on Nov. 2 to make their case to the city. The new mayor will take office after the results of that election are certified -- about 15 days after the Nov. 2 election.

The election marks a shift in the city's political landscape. Throughout its history, Boston has only elected white men as mayor.

Earlier this year, Janey became the first Black Bostonian and the first woman to occupy the city’s top office after former Mayor Marty Walsh stepped down to become President Joe Biden’s labor secretary.

"While tonight hasn’t ended how we hoped, we have so much to be proud of," Janey said in her statement. "At City Hall — as the first woman and first Black Mayor of Boston — we not only made history, but we made a difference."

Also Tuesday, Boston voters are casting ballots in several races for the City Council.

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Several other cities also held preliminary elections Tuesday. Here's where to find their results:

Source : https://www.wcvb.com/article/boston-massachusetts-2021-mayoral-primary-election-results-september-14/37502410

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