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The Race for Mayor

Martin Walsh wins Boston’s mayoral race

The legislator and longtime labor leader ground out a tight victory over John Connolly to become Boston’s 48th mayor.

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Mayoral race results

See how Boston residents voted by ward and precinct.

Martin Walsh’s battles with adversity struck a chord

The mayor-elect bonded with a diverse array of voters in a city that prizes resiliency.

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A tired but triumphant Martin Walsh, fresh off his victorious campaign for mayor, was greeted with applause at stops across the city on Wednesday.

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Martin Walsh was elected Boston’s 48th mayor because he won substantially more votes in communities of color than his opponent, said a polling group.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/06Walsh07.jpg Eyes turn anew to Martin Walsh’s longtime partner

Lorrie Higgins, Walsh’s girlfriend for the past eight years, has been supportive of the mayor-elect’s political career.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/07mckennas01.jpg At Savin Hill cafe, mayor-elect finds home away from home

McKenna’s has been a refuge from the political grind for Martin Walsh, but the breakfast spot has also served as a political base.

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Biden called the cellphone of a former aide to US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who happens to share the same name as the mayor-elect.

ANALYSIS

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/walsh150-15945.jpg Martin Walsh’s union ties only part of picture

Martin Walsh swept to victory in the mayoral race on his ability to expand past his obvious constituencies.

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Boston’s two mayoral candidates dispatched political armies throughout the city on Election Day.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/john150-15938.jpg John Connolly was outspent and out-organized

A series of key endorsements and a flood of union money made the early front-runner in the mayoral race an underdog by Election Day.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/06/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/voter150-15933.jpg Mayoral voter turnout strong across Boston

In the first mayoral election without Thomas Menino in a generation, Boston voters turned out in solid numbers.

 

Meet the candidates

 

Martin J. Walsh

Martin J. Walsh at a Central Boston Elder Services meeting Thursday in Roxbury,

Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

Walsh able to find allies in opposing camps

Martin Walsh has made his way back to semi-prominence by his ability to form alliances with unlikely partners.

ANALYSIS

Martin Walsh’s union ties only part of picture

Martin Walsh swept to victory in the mayoral race on his ability to expand past his obvious constituencies.

Walsh makes final push

Mayoral hopeful Martin Walsh began a final full day of campaigning in South Boston, and planned an election eve rally at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/walsh-big-14479-14480--90x90.jpg Martin Walsh, long a labor leader, talks of broader balance

During his 25 years as a union man, Walsh become one of the key figures in Boston’s construction industry.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/walsh150-13763.jpg Martin Walsh’s childhood marked by cancer fight

Walsh’s Dorchester neighborhood nurtured him as he hovered on the edge of death and formed his earliest sense of community.

From Labor to Politics

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Walsh’s triumph in the mayoral preliminary election is another chapter in the story of a man who rose to prominence from the streets of Dorchester.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/walsh2-11230.jpg Early struggles gave Martin Walsh a solid underpinning

The mayoral candidate says he has yet to have a bad day on the trail. Alcoholism, bullets, and cancer can give a man perspective.

John R. Connolly

John Connolly took his campaign to the same audience in Roxbury  on Thursday.
John Connolly spoke to audience members Thursday at the same event in Roxbury.
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Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe

Connolly is quick to push his passions

John Connolly has used his office as a platform to push for changes, but his passion can also surface as a temper.

John R. Connolly, with his wife, Meg, thanked supporters at the Westin Copley Place.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

John Connolly was outspent and out-organized

A series of key endorsements and a flood of union money made the early front-runner in the mayoral race an underdog by Election Day.

Connolly crosses city on last full day of campaigning

John Connolly campaigned at locations throughout Boston before an election-eve rally in Dorchester.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/28/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/john-big-14476-14482--90x90.jpg John Connolly emphasizes public service over legal work

For all his talk of his experience as a teacher, the mayoral candidate has spent far longer, 12 years, as a lawyer.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/john150-13770.jpg John Connolly’s tight-knit family showed way

Public service was a given in the family of Connolly, who is now a finalist in Boston’s mayoral race.

Political upbringing

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The three-term city councilor now finds himself one step closer to becoming mayor of the city where he has lived almost all his life.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/09/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_john_connolly[1].jpg For John Connolly, campaign begins and ends with schools

Connolly’s ideas for shaking up the city’s schools are the reason his supporters love him and the reason his detractors despise him.

Voter resources

Polling hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where to vote: Find your polling location

Candidate profiles: John Connolly | Martin Walsh

Candidates on the issues

More coverage: The race for mayor

City of Boston election resources

The fate of Suffolk Downs

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It was a difficult day across the state for supporters of Massachusetts’ emerging casino industry.

Race for City Council

Coverage

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Globe coverage of the at large and district City Council races.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/09/26/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/mayoral_powerbases.jpg Votes in Boston up for grabs

A look at the voter turnout for Martin Walsh (left) and John Connolly in the preliminary election shows where the candidates can gain ground.

Videos: My dinner with Larry

John Connolly

Mayoral candidate John Connolly sits down for a chat with Globe columnist Lawrence Harmon.

Martin Walsh

The mayoral candidate talks with Globe columnist Lawrence Harmon at a Jamaican restaurant in Dorchester.

 

Campaign coverage

Debates

Other issues

Mayoral candidates John R. Connolly and Martin J. Walsh spoke at a debate hosted by the Urban League of Massachusetts in Roxbury. They have discussed race, a topic that had been considered too controversial for some time.

Mayoral hopefuls confront racism in Boston

John Connolly and Martin Walsh have been open about discussing race, a topic that had been considered too controversial for some time.

John R. Connolly attended a basketball program event in Roxbury, and Martin J. Walsh dropped in at a Roxbury cafe.

Mayoral candidates battle for the undecideds

John Connolly and Martin Walsh skirted victory parade traffic to make their closing pitches in a flurry of retail campaign stops.

Mayor Menino's legacy

Globe File

Special section

After he announced he will not run again, a look back at the five-term tenure of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

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