Boston mayoral candidates meet voters before Tuesday's election

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November 3, 2013, 5:47 pm
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(NECN: Alison King, Boston) - With just two days for the Boston mayoral candidates to energize their bases and reach the undecided voters, the final strategies from the two campaigns are becoming clear.

John Connolly arrived at the Trotter Elementary School in Roxbury to a cheering crowd of moms and kids, along with a banner proclaiming "Moms vs. the Machine."

"Is it going to be decided by people flying in from out of state and money coming in from we don't know where?" asked Connolly. "Or is it going to be decided by us? US!!!"

The latest polls show Marty Walsh surging slightly past Connolly - a development that the Connolly campaign says has happened as Walsh's union support has turned up, including the involvement a new SuperPac called "One Boston" they say has taken out $500,000 in TV ads, essentially trying to buy the campaign in the final days.

Asked about the help from the SuperPac, Walsh said, "As long as everyone's keeping their messages positive, I don't mind who's involved, as long as it's positive."

Walsh, making a stop at Flour Bakery in Boston's South End, said he has surged because voters have learned about his record of accomplishment as a state representative, and his message of intent to be a Mayor for all of Boston.

Both sides say the race is a dead heat. Walsh says he will have 2,000 volunteers out on election day and just a few people flying in, like the general president of his union.

Connolly says he expects to have about 1,000 volunteers on election day, but he's not concerned about being outnumbered.

"I think It will be smarter and more flexible - it will get the job done," said Connolly.

They have unveiled their policy positions, the debates are now over and the TV ads are set. For the candidates, this race now is all about getting out the vote on Tuesday.

Tags: Boston, massachusetts, Democrats, Mayor Menino, Tom Menino, Roxbury , Alison King, South End, Marty Walsh, John Connolly, Flour Bakery, Moms Vs. The Machine, Trotter Elementary School
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