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Politics

15 remain in the race for mayor of Boston

With filing of signatures, the field of hopefuls gets smaller

Boston’s first open race for mayor in decades unleashed a generation of pent-up political ambition, prompting 24 candidates to step forward after Thomas M. Menino ­announced he would not seek a sixth term.

Ambition collided with ­reality Tuesday as aspiring candidates faced their first test, with 15 of the original two dozen hopefuls announcing they had gathered the 3,000 nominating signatures necessary to win a spot on the ballot by the 5 p.m. deadline. The Election Commission still needs to certify that those signatures actually count.

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