In today's preliminary election, Mayor Thomas Menino topped a self-imposed 50% margin - if just barely - and he now enters the campaign against Michael Flaherty with a far larger bank account.
With 251 (out of 254) precincts in:
Menino: 40472 (50.5%)
Flaherty: 19094 (23.84%)
Yoon: 17006 (21.2%)
McCrea: 3315 (4.1%)
Flaherty's speech, in which he announced his new slogan, "We can't wait!"
Arroyo, top challenger
The at-large City Council race will consist of incumbents John Connolly and Stephen Murphy and challengers Felix Arroyo, Ayanna Pressley, Andrew Kenneally, Tito Jackson, Doug Bennett and Tomas Gonzalez.
In the district races, incumbents LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown), Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) and Turner (Roxbury) all cruised to easy first-place finishes.
LaMattina, who got 73% of the vote, will face Chris Kulikoski. Ciommo (60%), reprises a 2007 battle with Alex Selvig. Turner, facing federal indictment, got 53% of the vote and will re-battle Carlos Henriquez.
Double celebration for Connolly: He topped the at-large race and his wife Meg gave birth Monday to son Edward Ronan: