Much has been written analyzing the mayoral election, some of it very good. Among the best is the analysis consistently done inCommonwealth Magazine. Here’s an excerpt from last Friday’s update:
“Both Marty Walsh and John Connolly came out of September’s preliminary mayoral contest with enormous work to do in Boston’s communities of color. Walsh edged past Connolly in Tuesday’s mayoral election largely because he captured a disproportionate share of votes in majority-minority precincts, piling up large enough margins to withstand a strong push by Connolly in Boston’s more affluent downtown neighborhoods.
“Commonwealth detailed the steep climb facing both mayoral candidates in Boston’s communities of color last month. Walsh and Connolly exited September’s preliminary contest with solid bases of geographic support in the city’s eastern and western edges, but both politicians struggled enormously in the city’s geographic center in September. Connolly and Walsh combined to win just 19 of the city’s 112 majority-minority precincts in the preliminary contest. Both collected votes in majority-minority precincts at roughly half the rate they did in majority-white precincts…”
More Mayoral Data, Well Worth Your Time if So Inclined
And for those who love data, here are terrific and thoughtful demographic scatter grams of how people voted by precinct by income, by private vs public school parent, and by a variety of other demographics. It’s a truly fascinating data breakdown. See here on the Economic Justice Research Hub website.