Voter interest is certainly up from the anemic Democratic primary, running along similar numbers as the mayoral turnout in 2019, at Tuesday’s 1 p.m. halfway point.
As general elections go this one is more difficult to predict coming on the heels of a court ruling for a new Democratic primary that will likely take place in December, unless John Gomes prevails today. If he does he becomes mayor-elect and will withdraw his court challenge.
How does the court decision play into the psyche of voters?
Conventional wisdom leans to Gomes and petitioning candidate Lamond Daniels splitting the anti-incumbency vote today. If that holds true it benefits Mayor Joe Ganim who once again will win the absentee ballot vote if the vote today reflects the September primary.
If Daniels, framing himself as the viable alternative, overperforms expectations it certainly solidifies his place in the future of city politics. He should run well in Black Rock, West Side, North End and Downtown. The other side of the city is unclear.
Gomes hopes it ends tonight with the oath of office December 1.