Two incumbents, a former city councilor, and a young newcomer formed a clear top tier on Tuesday leading an enormous field of 19 candidates seeking four citywide seats on the Boston City Council.
With all votes counted in Tuesday’s preliminary election, incumbent Councilor Ayanna Pressley topped the ticket.
Close behind was former city councilor Michael Flaherty, who in 2009 surrendered his seat for a failed campaign to unseat Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
Incumbent Stephen J. Murphy, the current council president, was running in third place.
South End newcomer Michelle Wu, 28, was running a strong fourth, according to unofficial city results.
The top eight finishers in Tuesday’s preliminary race will move on to the final election in November. The top four vote-getters in November will win at-large seats on the council. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.