Is World Series overshadowing Boston mayoral race?

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October 26, 2013, 6:31 pm
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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik) - The Red Sox' postseason run has been dominating the headlines.

As a result, Boston's first wide-open mayoral race in decades has been overshadowed, especially on game days.

As of Saturday's Game 3, the election is just a little more than a week away.

That day, candidates John Connolly and Marty Walsh pounded the pavement on the campaign trail.

NECN caught up with Walsh at a "Women for Walsh" rally in Boston.

"We're having a great rally, Women for Walsh, and I feel great," said Walsh. "I don't know how many women are in there, seems like 300 or 400."

NECN also caught up with Connolly at a "Latinos for Connolly" event in East Boston.

"We're sprinting across the city," said Connolly. "This is one of the 17 stops today, but I'm so charged and energized to come into a room that's packed with Latino supporters in East Boston."

Do the candidates think the on-field play is keeping them off the front pages?

"It will tonight at 8:07," said Walsh. "We'll be shutting down and people will want to be focused on the game, but during the day, people are still interested in this race."

"I think it only matters while they're playing. You can't do any campaigning while they're playing," said Connolly. "But I think in between, people are in a better mood. They're more willing to listen."

It is shaping up to be a tight mayoral race. A recent poll released by WBUR shows the candidates almost neck and neck - Connolly had 41 percent of the vote while Walsh had 39 percent.

The survey also found 17 percent of the likely voters are up for grabs.

"It's going to be a tight race," said Connolly. "It's our first open mayor's race in 20 years, it's going to be tight."

"I know the polls are polls, but I feel really confident where my campaign is," said Walsh.

The election is November 5.

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