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ANALYSIS

Martin Walsh’s union ties only part of picture

Martin J. Walsh commanded an army of union supporters in a campaign awash in labor money. But he swept to victory Tuesday on his ability to expand past his obvious constituencies, to climb above identity politics and fashion a coalition in neighborhoods unfamiliar with him at the start of the campaign.

While Mayor Thomas M. Menino set the standard for building a durable and diverse coalition in a rapidly changing city, Walsh displayed an impressive capacity to manufacture support swiftly and in unlikely places, in the crucible of a short campaign.

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