Boston mayoral election - The race for City Hall - live blog

Boston mayoral election - The race for City Hall - live blog

Martin J. Walsh, a legislator and long-time labor leader, ground out a narrow victory over City Councilor John R. Connolly today to become Boston’s 48th mayorpropelled by a diverse coalition that transcended geography, race, and ideology.

Walsh rode a wave of support that spanned Boston, from his Savin Hill neighbors to African-Americans in Roxbury, liberal activists in Jamaica Plain to Latinos in Hyde Park. His campaign -- fueled by unprecedented spending by organized labor from across the country -- swelled beyond his base in Dorchester, where Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, grew up in a tripledecker.

Connolly has conceded, a Connolly spokeswoman said shortly after 9 p.m.

When Walsh takes office Jan. 6, it will mark the end of the 20-year tenure of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, whose announcement in March that he would not seek a sixth term, unleashed a generation of pent-up political ambition.  >> Full story (Martin Finucane, Globe staff)

In one swift stunning blow, East Boston voters rejected casino dreams years in the making, defeating a $1 billion Suffolk Downs gambling resort project, a shocking turn for the state’s nascent casino industry and a prominent casino proposal once widely considered a lock to win the state’s most lucrative gambling license.  >> Full story (Mark Arsenault, Globe staff)

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