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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik) - With just hours leading up to the Boston mayoral election, Democratic mayoral candidate John Connolly campaigned tirelessly throughout the city, shaking hands and asking for last minute votes.
Whether it was calls to constituents, a megaphone blaring, "John Connolly has a real plan," fliers placed on cars, or a couple of "high-fives" to a bus of local school children, Connolly pounded the pavement. By early evening, after a rally in Dorchester, he went door to door at local homes asking for votes.
At one home he told the resident, "We're going to do it, we're going to win tomorrow."
"I think the momentum has swung back to us and there's a clear choice between myself as an independent leader who can be able to make those big decisions and take on those tough challenges for all of Boston," Connolly said.
Connolly, who's based much of his campaign on reforming education, says he's confident in a win against fellow Democrat Marty Walsh. Connolly said, "This isn't about one neighborhood, you got to put this together across the whole city and you got to show people you can make the tough decisions for everyone in Boston."
Recent polls show Walsh with a slight lead.
A mystery political action committee also gave Walsh a nearly $500,000 contribution late last week.
On the campaign trail, Connolly fired back saying Walsh is tied to the unions. "They've outspent us, they're outnumbering us because they're flying people in from all parts of the the unknown but we've got a better message and we've got the people who live in the city with us knocking on those doors," said Connolly.
At the end of a long Monday, Connolly asked for votes outside a grocery store in hometown of West Roxbury. Connolly says he plans to cast his ballot at 7 am Tuesday along with his wife at St. George's Orthodox Church in West Roxbury.