Boston: Walsh defeats fellow Democrat in Boston mayor race

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John Connolly has conceded to fellow Democrat Martin Walsh in a hard-fought race to succeed longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Connolly says he came up short but is proud of his campaign.

Turnout was brisk Tuesday as voters cast ballots in an election that for the first time in two decades didn’t include Menino’s name in the top spot.

The 46-year-old Walsh relied on support from labor organizations to help his get-out-the-vote drive.

Walsh was a union official before being elected to the Massachusetts House in 1997.

Connolly made education his core issue and was hoping an “army of moms” that appeared with him at campaign events would help propel him to the mayorship. The 40-year-old father of three was the only candidate to enter the race before Menino announced he wouldn’t run again.

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