Nothing happened "en masse" in this election considering the minuscule turnout. I voted for Penalosa, but I don't think reelecting Tory is a disaster. He is relatively competent; there was no reason to rush to the polls to dislodge him, unlike his late predecessor.
Exactly. Tory's a blandly inoffensive fellow, and is probably the closest thing to a genuine moderate we're ever going to see from the Conservative movement these days. It's telling that whenever they're mad at him, our local reactionaries tend to refer to the man as "John Liberal." Pathetically enough.
And yes, he's still benefitting from the fact that the person who preceded him was an out-and-out lunatic. Hard not to look good compared to that.