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Politics

Analysis

Both mayoral candidates focus on the negative

Tuesday night’s debate featured little fresh substance from either state Representative Martin J. Walsh or Councilor John R. Connolly, both of whom offered familiar arguments. But the atmospherics of a tight contest and the vista — of the two standing feet apart, flinging accusations of campaign skullduggery — made clear the underlying tension.

The final debate featured the crispest exchanges yet, as Connolly escalated his efforts to tie Walsh to anti-Connolly mailings from labor unions, and Walsh tried to put Connolly in a box by asking whether the West Roxbury Democrat intended to air any negative ads.

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