12 Vying In Boston Mayor Race To Succeed Menino

September 21, 2013 3:44 PM
12 Vying In Boston Mayor Race To Succeed Menino
" BOSTON (AP) — Many Bostonians have never voted in a city election that didn’t include Thomas Menino on the ballot, and some aren’t old enough to remember a city without him at the helm.

So with the larger-than-life mayor retiring after two decades, it hardly seems surprising that none of the dozen candidates vying to succeed Menino have yet seemed able to separate themselves from the crowd.

Tuesday’s preliminary election, which will whittle the field of 12 down to two for the Nov. 5 final, has become a frantic neighborhood-by-neighborhood, street-by-street and even house-by-house scramble for votes. Conventional wisdom dictates that a candidate will need about 20,000 votes — less than 20 percent of the total amount of votes expected to be cast — to earn one of the top two spots.

“I really think it’s a jump ball,” said Lawrence DiCara, a Boston attorney and former City Council president. In such a crowded and fragmented field, DiCara said, candidates are playing less to a citywide audience and focusing more on identifying their niche supporters and making sure those people go the polls "

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