Walsh, supporters celebrate victory in Boston mayoral race

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November 6, 2013, 8:33 am
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(NECN: Justin Michaels) - Dorchester native Marty Walsh is waking up as the mayor elect of the city of Boston, and people in his native Dorchester are thrilled.

Wednesday morning the talk at Dorchester’s McKenna's Cafe is all about what happened Tuesday night.

One person said, "I would say it's a good day for sure.

Another said, "I think he's a great guy.

One supporter said, "I feel helpful for the neighborhood."

Another person said, “I think it's a really good thing that he won."

In front of hundreds of supporters and friends, Walsh was introduced as the mayor elect of the city of Boston by none other than Boston's own Irish band, the Dropkick Murphy's.

Six months and one day was all it took for Walsh to become the next mayor of Boston, beating out his competitor John Connolly 51 percent to 48 percent.

Walsh said, "I am so grateful and honored for tonight's results."

Walsh ran late for his victory speech. He was supposed to take the stage at 10:20. He didn't hit the stage until about 11 because he had an important call to take.

He said, "I just want to just let you know the reason why was late, is that Pres. Obama just called me to congratulate me."

The 46-year-old Walsh campaigned as an every day Bostonian who appealed to all walks of life across the city. His opposition worked hard to tie him to unions, trying to make that a negative for the Walsh campaign. But in the end that tactic didn't work.

He said, "Stand with me because I'm ready to stand and work with you."

When inaugurated mayor elect, Walsh will become the 54th mayor of Boston, succeeding Mayor Tom Menino, who has been in office for more than 20 years.

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