A highlight from BPR Full Show: Preliminary-Palooza
Public radio on election day in the city of boston as you just heard on the news henry santoro and the pulse open at seven o'clock and we're going to have a very busy election day right here. We are and by the way for those who are worried. Marjorie was wasn't jury duty yesterday. She engineer to quick guilty verdict. So she can be back for election all done marjorie. Aided walpole's jim you gotta get out of there back in any case. Today's merrill preliminary will get us that much closer to finding out who will make history as the first person of color elected mayor of a city that has majority minority. That would be boston. it's a race. It's getting national attention but we'll enough. Bostonians take advantage of being a part of this historic moment by turning out to vote. All five of the major candidates will call into the show today so if you want to hear their final pitch i would stick around. Join us online. I though for his take on which candidates may have an advantage who could be the wildcard and the issues that are driving people bowls is gbh reporter adam riley adam rowley courses co host of the scrum politics adam. Thanks so much for calling in. Hey guys thanks for having me so as you well know polls have michelle ruinous with a significant lead going into this kind of a tight race for second among johnny campbell. And this asaba george. Anything change expected any surprises or no. Or what do you think. I am not expecting anything to change with machel. Woo was looking at the trend lines from the polls before getting on the phone with you guys. She has been getting stronger and stronger. You go back to april. She was basically at the same place as kim johnny or both just a little bit under twenty percent and since then woo has seen her support just grow and grow grow right now. It's in the low thirties. There's no one near her. I'd be shocked if she didn't make it into the final. The really interesting stories is battle for second place and it especially within that battle for second place. It looks like it's a real possibility that acting their kim janey might not make it through which i think a lot of people including myself very much including myself would have told you was impossible when she became acting mayor earlier this spring. Did a lot of us thought it was a lock and clearly it. Isn't you know margaret. And i have been repeating the same mantra that virtually everybody. Has we believe it to which is the quality of the five seven is really extraordinary. I mean regardless of who people submitted a supporting out there. But then the flip side is i read the globe story were bill galvin. Secretary of state is predicting turnout will be. I don't know what adjective use these center. Something but likely below twenty. Thirteen when marty walsh was first elected i mean assuming knows what he's talking about. His predictions are usually pretty accurate. Can you explain why. There's not more interested in a race like this with this level of quality of five candidates adam riley honestly jim. I am still struggling with that question myself. I would have assumed that. The level of interest would be higher both because of the quality of the candidates but also because it already is a historic grit. Boston's gonna get its first color. It's going to happen. And i you know the usual caveats apply here. I'm someone who's fascinated by this. But i live in the suburbs. So i'll put that caveat out there. I don't understand why more boston residents aren't more excited about this. And there was a globe story. I think it was on monday. Megan iron story where she was talking undecided. Voters to find a guy who thought marty walsh was still mayor and was confused about where all the marty walsh signs word. That should be out there. There was another guy. I i'm not going to be able to get to vote as you know he got work. It's too hard to get up really early. I saw that kick it up. I again it. I just don't get it i. I'm confused by them. And i think that you know some of the some of the explanations that you'll hear when you talk to people like larry dicara the old city councilor and mayoral candidate. Is that right. Now there's a ton of people who live in boston who aren't from the city who are heavily invested in local politics. And that's pretty clearly true you know. I think we'd be like in a really different turnout. Obviously if if an election was held the same year as presidential election or gubernatorial election that will pull out of people there. I don't. I don't understand why people need to be pulled because the mayor of boston has such great power to directly affect the lives of boston residents if i've lived in the city limits. I can't imagine not getting pulse for this though. Can i throw in. What was your you know monologue. I was reminded as i listened to myself. Point you've cazzola the pulled muscle. Yeah we did this. Live zoom about the prelims. last night. i regret great by the way. I've heard great things about by the way i meant to tell you i'm embarrassed. We've got great feedback. Thank you it was people had great points to make an obvious sunny out a link to it because it holds until the end of the day today but he pointed out that people are sometimes cowed. I think erin. o'brien from umass. Boston made this point to sometimes. When there's too many good candidates it can actually depress turnout.