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Politics

The race for mayor

Polls close in preliminary election for Boston mayor

The polls have closed and the tallying of votes is beginning in the preliminary election in the first wide-open mayoral race in Boston in two decades. After months of energetic campaigning across the city, the dozen candidates can do only one thing now: wait.

The top two vote-getters tonight will vie in the Nov. 5 final election to helm the city into the future, taking over from Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the” urban mechanic” who, beset by various ailments, has decided not to seek a sixth term.

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