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JOAN VENNOCHI

Mayor’s race looms over Suffolk casino

An East Boston casino proposal is right where supporters don’t want it to be — in the middle of the mayor’s race.

Suffolk Downs was supposed to have the inside track when it came to winning a lucrative casino license from the state. But earlier this year, the proposal lost some momentum when Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino — the plan’s most prominent political backer — said he would leave office after 20 years. The mayor also battled a series of health setbacks and his attention was further diverted by the Boston Marathon bombings.

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