BOSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is apparently so popular in the city that some residents think he should be mayor.
Ortiz, fresh off his third World Series championship with the team, received several write-in votes in Tuesday’s election. Some believe Ortiz received as many as 560 votes.
But contrary to initial reports, Ortiz did not finish third in the balloting.
City elections officials say 560 write-in votes were cast altogether, but they don’t count those not cast for declared write-in candidates. Therefore, the exact number of votes the World Series MVP received is unclear.
After the April Boston Marathon bombings, Ortiz told the crowd at Fenway Park, “This is our f—ing city! Nobody’s gonna dictate our freedom. Stay strong.”
State Rep. Marty Walsh got nearly 52 percent of the vote to beat City Councilor John Connolly in the contest to replace Thomas Menino, the city’s longest-serving mayor, who decided not to seek re-election.
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