Since entering this mayoral election as the sole challenger to the indomitable Tom Menino, John Connolly has traveled from underdog to favorite to slight underdog.
Despite that upheaval, he sounded like a man at peace as he raced between campaign stops Sunday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the parents’ brigade that supports him had rallied on his behalf at a school in Roxbury, and his search for the last few undecided voters had him heading to a Whole Foods downtown.
“I think this election is a jump ball, but I think we’re surging,” Connolly maintained. “Our strength all along has been our ability to compete in every neighborhood. There’s a little bit of a David versus Goliath thing going on, but I feel good about it.”
His opponent, Marty Walsh, was upbeat too, lightly brushing aside Connolly’s claim to be the preferred choice of Boston mothers. “We have moms in our campaign, too,” he noted. “We have moms knocking on doors who have kids in the Boston school system that know that ... I have the right plan to improve schools.”
Sometimes the last weekend of a campaign is the calmest, the moment when reality begins to filter in. But that doesn’t hold for a race as close as this one, which has only become more contentious as the finish line nears.
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