Boston mayoral race narrows to Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George, two women of color, for the city's top job
(CNN) Boston mayoral candidates Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George, both Democratic city councilors, will advance to the November general election, CNN projects, setting up a historic contest that will for the first time in the city's history end with a person of color voted into its highest office.
Wu took a clear lead once the reporting of the votes in Tuesday's nonpartisan preliminary election sped up overnight.
She is Asian American and Essaibi George, who emerged to claim the second slot, is a first-generation American whose father emigrated from Tunisia and whose mother was born in Germany to Polish parents.
As of Wednesday morning, Wu has a strong lead with more than 33% of the vote, while George follows with about 22%.
The only man in the upper tier, John Barros, the city's chief of economic development under Walsh, was considered a heavy underdog.
On Tuesday night, Essaibi George -- before the race had been called but with results shaping up in her favor -- projected confidence as she addressed supporters.
Ultimately, though, it appears that Essaibi George benefited most, as she successfully staked out the moderate lane with a more police-friendly platform.
Others, like Wu and Campbell, are pushing for deeper structural changes to the department.
Essaibi George, meanwhile, won the support of former Boston police commissioner William Gross, the first Black person to hold that job.
Wu volunteered for Warren's Senate run in 2012 and was first elected to the city council a year later.
"Michelle has always been a fighter -- as one of my students, as a Boston city councilor, and now as a candidate for Mayor," Warren said in a statement announcing her endorsement in January.
AFSCME Council 93, along with the firefighters union and IBEW Local 2222, all supported Essaibi George, while SEIU Local 888 and 32BJ SEIU endorsed Janey.