Polls Close In Boston Mayor’s Race Preliminary Election

September 24, 2013 9:00 PM
Polls Close In Boston Mayor’s Race Preliminary Election
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" BOSTON (CBS/AP) — City voters took a major step toward ushering in a new political era Tuesday, but not many appeared interested early on. Twelve candidates hoping to succeed longtime Mayor Thomas Menino were on the ballot in Tuesday’s preliminary election, with only the top two vote-getters moving on to compete in the Nov. 5 final.

State Rep. Martin Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly advanced to the final election.

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Menino announced earlier this year that he would retire after more than 20 years in office. The city’s longest-serving mayor has battled a series of health problems in recent years. He voted Tuesday morning but would not say whom he chose.

The polls opened at 7 a.m. and closed at 8 p.m. The city says that 113,222 votes were cast in the primary. That’s 30% of the city’s 368,000 registered voters "

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