" BOSTON (CBS/AP) — City voters were taking 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.
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According to the city, voter turnout as of 6pm was 86,305 votes cast. That’s 23.6% of the 365,000 registered voters in Boston.
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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 "
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