Boston voters pick new mayor for 1st time in years


BOSTON (AP) — The polls have closed in Boston, where voters were choosing a new mayor in the city's first election in two decades in which Thomas Menino was not a candidate.

State Rep. Martin Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly, both Democrats, were vying to succeed Menino, who chose not to run for a sixth four-year term after a series of health problems in recent years.

Walsh, a former union leader, was hoping for strong support from organized labor while Connolly vowed to be the "education mayor" and made improving city schools the cornerstone of his campaign.

Turnout was brisk. By 6 p.m., more than 113,000 votes had been cast, representing about 30.5 percent of the city's electorate and exceeding the total number of votes cast in the 2009 mayor's election.