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No clear leader in mayoral race, Globe poll shows

City voters are slow to pick among the 12 would-be mayors. Only 25 percent have made a firm choice, giving just about every contender reason for hope.

With just over a week until election day, Boston voters remain flummoxed by the crowded mayoral race, with City Councilor John R. Connolly holding a slight edge in a field so tightly bunched and volatile that as many as nine candidates have a plausible shot at the final, a Globe poll shows.

Connolly, who registered 13 percent in the survey, is a few points ahead of a tight cluster of candidates that includes former city housing chief Charlotte Golar Richie, who polled just ahead of state Representative Martin J. Walsh and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

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