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Mayor Walsh Nets More Than 60% in Prelim Election, Jackson 29%

Mayor Martin Walsh easily came out ahead in Boston’s preliminary election on Tuesday with more than 60 percent of votes. Walsh will face-off against District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson, who came in a distant second with more than 28 percent of votes.

Mayor Walsh with his mom after she voted at Kit Clark Apartments on Sept. 26th, 2017.

Tuesday’s turnout was expected to be paltry due to very few races with only the mayoral race and three city councilor elections to vote on. Only 14.45 percent of registered voters cast ballots, according to unofficial results on the city’s website.

The top two winners of each race will face each other in a general election on November 7th.

Jackson will have to make up a lot of ground as he took home 29.06 percent (16,202 votes) compared to Walsh’s 62.53 percent (34,869). The two other candidates, Robert Cappucci and Joseph Wiley, received 6.7 percent and .95 percent of votes. There were also 426 write-in votes.

Both Walsh and Jackson stopped in Jamaica Plain during the day. Walsh visited the Curley K-8 School in the afternoon and Jackson tweeted a photo from inside JP Licks in the morning.

Jackson’s District 7 seat will be filled by either Kim Janey, who received 25 percent of votes, or Rufus Faulk, who received 11 percent of votes. The District 7 race was packed with 13 candidates, with 10 of them hovering in the 4 to 9 percent range.

The District 1 race was by far the tightest race of the day with Stephen Passacantilli taking home 46.97 percent of the vote and Lydia Marie Edwards receiving 45.98 percent of the vote. Fewer than 100 votes separated the two, as Passacantilli received 3,624 votes and Edwards received 3,547.

In the District 2 race Ed Flynn, son of former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, received 56.41 percent of the vote. He will face Mike Kelley, who received 31.74 percent of votes.

Incumbent Mark Ciommo netted 58.53 percent of the vote in the District 9 race, and he will face Brandon David Bowser, who received 23.28 percent.

*All results were provided by the City of Boston and are unofficial.