One of the reasons Jones was seen as the frontrunner in Tuesday’s election revolved around geography. She had historic appeal in largely Black wards around the city and a number of high-voting white or integrated wards. The big question was whether that coalition would hold if Alderwoman Cara Spencer got big margins in southwestern and central corridor wards.
According to ward-by-ward results, the answer is yes. In addition to crushing Spencer in north St. Louis, Jones racked up solid victories south of Delmar in the 6th, 8th, 15th and 25th Wards. She also prevailed in Spencer’s 20th Ward, as well as narrowly winning the 9th and 17th Wards.
This is a break from the past few mayoral races, in which the winner didn’t receive significant support north of Delmar, where the population is heavily African American. While Spencer’s main source of support was in largely white wards, Jones did do well in several multiracial (6th, 8th, 9th, 17th, 20th and 25th) wards.
“I believe that the voters wanted to see this shift,” Jones said Tuesday night. “It’s time. St. Louis has never had a Black woman mayor. Now we join several cities across the country that have Black women mayors that I respect and admire. So I look forward to engaging with them as well.”