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As Boston shrank, power moved South

In 1949, Mayor James Michael Curley was the last incumbent to lose City Hall — and since then, Boston’s population has shifted south. But voter turnout numbers in open elections since 1949 hints that the population is shifting back north. Will it change the dynamics as the city elects its first new mayor in 20 years?
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4%
8%
12%
2012
2009
1993
1983
1967
1959
1949

SOURCES: City of Boston voting records

Alvin Chang and Andrew Ryan / Globe Staff

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