First time ever: Michelle Wu elected Boston’s first woman mayor

UPDATE: Michelle Wu became Boston’s first woman elected mayor on Monday as voters picked her over Mayor Martin Walsh.

At 8:15 a.m., Wu was among the winners, followed by her running mate, City Councilor Tito Jackson.

Mayor Walsh made an appearance at a Harvard University event last year. Wright said he was confident that he could win the upcoming elections.

“I don’t see it as a tossup. I think we have a great coalition. I think people realize we’re doing a great job for the city. I think it’s just time to take it a step further,” Walsh said.

Last year, Wu challenged Walsh for his job after the mayor initially decided not to seek reelection. According to The Boston Globe, Wu had been poised to defeat Walsh until he opted for reelection. The Democrat defeated his Democratic challenger in a hotly contested September mayoral primary.

Tito Jackson didn’t fare quite as well in the race, however. He failed to gain enough votes to avoid a runoff election. In fact, Jackson had largely failed to gain a foothold in the city for months, with many residents having little to no familiarity with the candidate.

The Democrat lost his bid to become mayor of the city to Walsh. Both men received more than 50 percent of the vote in the September primary.

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