Walsh topped the ticket with a little over 18 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results posted by the Boston Election Department. Connolly claimed over 17 percent of the vote. Third-place finisher Charlotte Golar Richie took home over 13 percent of the vote. Golar Richie had been surging in the final weeks of the preliminary election campaign, and she finished ahead of deep-pocketed District Attorney Dan Conley, City Councilor Felix Arroyo, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Executive Director John Barros and a host of other candidates.
In Back Bay's contested District 8 City Council race, Josh Zakim took the most votes at 45.33 percent. Michael J. Nichols will face Zakim Nov. 5 after getting 27.27 percent. Rounding out the field were Gloria Murray at 14.17 percent, Thomas J. Dooley III at 8.37 percent and A. Elle Addivinola at 4.36 percent.
District 8's current city councilor, Mike Ross, finished eighth in the mayor preliminary with 7.23 percent.
In the Councilor-at-large race, the large field was winnowed down to eight finalists. The finalists, listed in order of votes won, are:
- Ayanna Pressley
- Michael Flaherty
- Stephen Murphy
- Michelle Wu
- Martin Keough
- Michael Ross
- Annissa Essaibi-George
- Jack Kelley