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Politics

Who will be Boston’s next mayor?

Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s dramatic exit Thursday after 20 years atop the city’s political ­hierarchy almost immediately stirred long-stymied ambitions, touching off what could be an unpredictable free-for-all among mayoral hopefuls.

At least a dozen would-be successors are either running for mayor or strongly considering it, colleagues and strategists said Thursday. The field will probably fluctuate and evolve rapidly as a constricted election schedule pressurizes an ­already highly anticipated contest.

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