Geographic advantages in Boston mayoral race

Boston’s electorate will be splintered like never before as 12 candidates compete in the in the first open mayor’s race in two decades. Most campaigns believe 25,000 votes in the Sept. 24 preliminary election will be enough to advance to the final. That’s the equivalent of the population of the town of Yarmouth, making it almost like a race to be king of a village instead of mayor of a big city. Many of the candidates have long been kings of their own villages, cultivating strong support in their native neighborhoods; legislative or city council districts; or target areas for community nonprofits. The map below compares the candidates’ geographic bases.
  • Where the candidate lives
  • Donations in 2013, highlighting pockets of supports.
  • Density of super voters – people cast ballots in the past three mayoral elections, and are registered for this election.
  • Where they have won an election, or where they may have a voter base.
The Candidates
Power voters
Power base

SOURCES: Office of Campaign and Political Finance and City of Boston

Alvin Chang, Andrew Ryan, Javier Zarracina and Matt Carroll / Globe Staff

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