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Boston mayoral hopefuls lean hard on neighborhoods

Candidates in the city’s mayoral free-for-all work their enclaves in hopes of eking out a win

The name of City Councilor John R. Connolly dominates many political discussions these days in Bellevue Hill, a West Roxbury enclave of colonial homes and moss-covered stone walls where more people have voted in the last three mayoral elections than anywhere else in Boston.

A few neighborhoods over, in Dorchester, the fire-engine red yard signs of state Representative Martin J. Walsh flourish along Gallivan Boulevard like mayoral flags proudly planted by a local militia.

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