Landslide Victory for Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney, Poor Voter Turnout

Philadelphia has a new mayor.

Former City Councilman Jim Kenney won in a landslide victory against Republican candidate Melissa Murray Bailey on Nov. 3. His victory was called early on, with less than 10% of the votes counted.

In the end, the councilman took home 85.39% of the vote, amassing 201,163 votes alongside Bailey’s 13.21% and 31,117 votes.

Although he cruised to victory, the voter turnout paled in comparison. There are one million registered voters in Philadelphia, and he received 200,000 of those votes. Voter turnout was a lowly 23%.

The councilman will be inducted as the 99th Mayor of Philadelphia on January 4, 2016.

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