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Martin Walsh wins Boston’s mayoral race

Lawmaker’s broad base carries him past John Connolly

Martin J. Walsh, a legislator and longtime labor leader, ground out a tight victory over Councilor at Large John R. Connolly Tuesday to become Boston’s 48th mayor, propelled by a diverse coalition that transcended geography, race, and ideology.

Walsh rode a wave of support that spanned Boston, from his Savin Hill neighbors to African-Americans in Roxbury to liberal activists in Jamaica Plain. His victory, fueled by unprecedented spending by organized labor from across the country, places a son of Irish immigrants who grew up in a Dorchester three-decker at the head of New England’s largest city.

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