BOSTON (WHDH) - The votes of the Boston mayoral preliminary election are in and now the real race begins. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and City Councilor Tito Jackson will square off in November’s election.
Walsh won 63 percent of Tuesday’s votes. Now, he is hoping to persuade voters to help get him a second four-year term. He will oppose three-term councilor Tito Jackson, who earned less than 30 percent of the votes.
The city says 56,000 voters turned out to cast a ballot.
If elected, Jackson would make history. He’s just the first African American candidate to advance to the mayoral finals in more than 30 years. He would become the city’s first ever African American mayor if he’s able to defeat Walsh.
“I’m going to be a mayor of the people,” Jackson told 7News.
Walsh and Jackson defeated two other lesser-known mayoral candidates – retired police officer Robert Cappucci and health care worker Joseph Wiley – in the nonpartisan preliminary election.
An incumbent Boston mayor hasn’t been unseated since the 1940’s, and Walsh is working to keep it that way on Nov. 7.
“I would love to see more people come out in November,” Walsh said. “I ask for their support.”
Marty Walsh, 34,869 – 62.53 percent
Tito Jackson, 16,202 – 29.06 percent
Robert Cappucci, 3,735 – 6.70 percent
Joseph Wiley, 529 – .95 percent
Write-In Votes, 426 – .76 percent
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