Simply put: Menino romped. Running roughshod over his opponents in most traditional wards, communities of color, and progressive neighborhoods, Menino is poised to win big in November. He claimed a win in 19 of the city’s 22 wards.
Michael Flaherty was able to win three wards outright (which is noteworthy, as Menino only lost a handful of precincts in his 2005 race against Maura Hennigan and won every precinct in his 2001 race against Peggy Davis-Mullen). Flaherty took his native South Boston by a large margin and Charlestown by under 100 votes.
Flaherty’s efforts in Wards 16 and 20 – where he had hoped to put some points on the board – fell flat. Ward 16 (Neponset/Adams Village) went to Menino by about 300 votes and powerhouse Ward 20 (Roslindale/West Roxbury) went to Menino by about 2,000 votes.
Yoon had hoped to cobble together a win (or at least a place) by showing strength in progressive neighborhoods and communities of color. He was unsuccessful.
Menino took Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and the South End with stunning majorities. He also outpolled Yoon in Jamaica Plain by 200 votes in Ward 11 and 70 votes in Ward 19. Winning JP, even by slim margins, was a huge feather in the Mayor’s cap.
Yoon has the distinction of coming in second place in more wards than Michael Flaherty. Yoon was the runner up in 13 wards and third place finisher in 9 wards. He did not place first in any ward.
Flaherty won 3 wards, came in second in six wards, and third place in 13 wards.
Menino won 19 wards and came in second in three wards.
McCrea placed fourth in all 22 wards.
In terms of percentages of votes cast: Menino’s best showing came from Ward 14 (Blue Hill Ave/Columbia Road) where he won 72.47% of the vote. His worst showing was Ward 6 (South Boston) where he won 22.66% of the vote.
The corollary was true for Michael Flaherty. His best showing was winning 63.68% of the vote in Ward 6 and his worst was 8.08% of the vote in Ward 14.
Yoon’s best showing was his second place 38.95% of the vote in Ward 11 (Jamaica Plain). His worst showing was the 9.45% he received in Ward 7 (South Boston).
McCrea’s best showing was in Ward 22 (Allston/Brighton) where he received 6.6% of the vote. His worst was Ward 14 where he received 1.22%.
In terms of raw vote totals (caveat: wards range in size/voter participation greatly); Menino did best in his native Ward 18 (Hyde Park/Mattapan) where he took 6,616 votes. His worst place for collecting votes was Ward 8 (Roxbury/South Bay) where he received 740 votes – and still won the ward dramatically. Surprisingly, Menino came in 3rd place in one precinct: Ward 21-1 (Allston’s BU precinct). There, Yoon won 50 votes, Flaherty took 37, and the Mayor earned 34 votes.
Flaherty collected the most votes in Ward 20 (West Roxbury/Roslindale) where he came in second place with 2,639 votes. His worst showing was also in Ward 8 where he took third place and 137 votes.
Yoon’s best showing for earning votes was in Ward 19 (Jamaica Plain/Roslindale) where he narrowly lost to Menino with 1,823 votes. His worst showing was also Ward 8 where he won second place and 281 votes.
McCrea’s best showing was his fourth place finish in Ward 20 with 557 votes. His worst showing was Ward 12 (Roxbury) where he earned fourth place with only 32 votes.
All in all, Menino won 41,206 votes; Flaherty took 19,459 votes; Yoon earned 17,179 votes; and McCrea garnered 3,340 votes.
For ward by ward breakdown and analysis, please click here.