Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s preliminary election showed Walsh and Connolly leading 10 other candidates. Walsh had 18% and Connolly had 17%.
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Boston has had only three mayors since 1968. Menino, who took office in 1993, opted against seeking a sixth term after battling a series of health problems and hospitalizations in recent years. He voted Tuesday morning but would not say whom he chose.
The 46-year-old Walsh has attracted strong labor backing for his campaign. The Dorchester resident worked as a union laborer before being elected to the Massachusetts House in 1997.
“This is a race about who we are – about values, and about whether Boston will be a city for all its people, in every neighborhood, not just some,” Rep. Walsh said in a statement. “I’m so grateful to all the people who made tonight’s result possible "
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