Amid Tallying Delays, Boston’s Mayoral Race Takes Shape: The HUB

Boston voters were left hanging Tuesday night, as officials had reported barely 1 percent of precincts long after the polls had closed. The Election Department pinned the delay on mail-in and drop box ballots – about 7,000 of them – which were received by the 8 p.m. deadline.

But the delay didn’t stop Boston’s mayoral candidates from acknowledging where they stood. Frontrunner Michelle Wu declared victory early on, while Anissa Essaibi George remained reluctant, despite encouraging returns.

“It’ll take all of us to move Boston forward. To bring cleaner air to Chinatown and East Boston. To bring more homeownership opportunities to Roxbury,” Essaibi-George said. “To keep our small businesses strong in Mattapan, and thoughtful, inclusive growth to Allston. We’ll do it with an equity lens. We’ll do it thoughtfully. We’ll do it together. Nothing is off the table, when we ensure everyone is at the table.”