Wu, Essaibi George Claim Victory In Boston Preliminary Election


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Updated 11:35 AM

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — With 100% of the vote counted on Wednesday morning, Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu and City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George have won Boston's Preliminary Mayoral Election.

Wu led the pack with 33.36% of the total votes, while Essaibi George claimed just under 23% of the total votes cast. The three other major candidates — Acting Mayor Kim Janey, City Councilor Andrea Campbell, and former Chief Economic Development Officer John Barros — notched 19.47%, 19.7%, and just under 3.19% of the votes, respectively.

The Associated Press said early Wednesday that Wu had enough support to get on the ballot in November, prior to Essaibi George taking the second place slot.

Both candidates did a victory lap overnight, thanking their supporters for boosting them to the next stage of the election in late night appearances.

"I am humbled by your support, I am inspired by your leadership," Wu said at her rally.

Essaibi George told her crowd that she wanted to thank her "sisters in service," in the City Council chamber for "fighting the good fight," saying the city needs her fellow councilors to continue their work. Barring any surprises, the two councilors will move on to the November 2 ballot.

Janey and Campbell both conceded on Tuesday night.

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Written by Chaiel Schaffel


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