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(NECN: Josh Brogadir) - A ton of energy is what is most obvious about Marty Walsh's campaign. A few thousand people walked into the Strand Theatre, where they kicked off the campaign six months ago.
The party started long before the election returns will start pouring in.
A brass band and thousands marched on a closed down Columbia Road in Dorchester, Mass., not far from where Marty Walsh grew up and still lives.
The unions are en masse, and to a man or woman, chafe at the assertion that Walsh is not an education candidate, like his opponent John Connolly.
"No that's not fair at all. From what I look at it, he cares about education. He cares about the community. He's a well-rounded candidate," said electrician and Walsh supporter Noel Docanto of Roxbury.
"People trust Marty. He's sincere, he has great follow through, he's accessible. And so people are out here because they really care about the man, because they care about him and believe he cares about us and all communities in Boston," said John Barros, who is just one of three other former mayoral candidates, all minorities, supporting him in his final push to take over the seat from Mayor Tom Menino.
"You know I left my watch at home, so anybody know what time it is? Tell me what time it is. It's Marty time," said former candidate Charlotte Golar Richie.
Six months from the day he kicked off his campaign, the 16-year state representative returned to the Strand Theatre and did he ever.
Taking the stage in Upham's Corner as the room was shaking, promising to keep his focus on the day ahead.
"John's my friend, and I'm just trying to run a positive campaign for the next 12 hours or however many hours before the polls open. There's no place in Boston for negative campaigning and I'm going to keep being positive," Walsh said.
Walsh raised $1.4 million.
He says he wishes this much money was not spent in this race.
A cadre of thousands will be working for the Walsh campaign long before the polls open at 7 am.