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(NECN: Alison King, Boston) - City Councilor John Connolly topped all of the polls going into Tuesday's Boston mayoral preliminary election, and is moving on to the general election in November after getting second place.
Connolly says he has never been happier to be in second place since it buys him a ticket in November's election.
He says he likes his chances against Marty Walsh.
Connolly, who has been campaigning since February before Mayor Tom Menino announced he wasn't running, has focused on education - a top issue for many Boston residents - and by being well-organized and well-funded. He talked about having a campaign that "looked like Boston," possibly insinuating that Walsh's campaign, heavy on union support, does not.
"We need to bind this city together and I know we can do it because when Bostonians see our neighbors in need, we come to their aid. That's what we do in Boston," Connolly says, adding, "And the best way to bind Boston together is to give every child a high-quality education because when we do that, we give every child and every family a future."
Connolly had a message for his campaign workers Tuesday night: Dust yourself off and get back to work.