David Ortiz performed surprisingly well in this week's Boston mayoral race, especially for a professional baseball player with no known aspirations towards city government, but reports of his political viability are greatly exaggerated.
As WGBH reported, the Red Sox hero and World Series MVP has cemented his place in Boston's hearts and minds—so much so that he garnered the most write-in votes of anyone in this week's mayoral race, according to the Election Department. "Ortiz came in third place in the Boston mayoral election," writes Politico, noting that Big Papi's strong showing placed him just behind Mayor-elect Martin Walsh and opponent John Connolly, since there were no other names officially on the ballot.
However, no one's quite sure how many votes Ortiz actually garnered, since the results don't break down the individual write-in candidates; they only gave the total number of write-in votes, which fell at 560. Even if all of those had gone to Ortiz (they probably didn't), he'd still lag well behind second-place Connolly's 67,606. For all we know, he could have gotten two votes and still been the leader among write-ins. Plus, as CBS Boston points out, the city "[doesn't] count votes for people who are not official write-in candidates listed on the ballot"—so Ortiz's nonexistent campaign was doomed from the beginning.
Still, it's an impressive showing considering there doesn't seem to have been any coordinated effort among Sox fans to get Ortiz into the mayor's mansion. We're still awaiting word on whether or not Joe Biden called the Red Sox slugger to congratulate him on his performance.
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