• Herald poll: Connolly ahead of the field, 3 others in striking distance


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – City Councilor John Connolly is leading the mayoral pack with 16 percent of the vote; however, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley and state Rep. Martin J. Walsh are not far behind with 12 percent, according to a Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll.

    Former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, who is aiming to become the first African American and first female mayor in Boston, also has a chance to make the final cut, climbing 10 percent since the last Suffolk/Herald poll.

    City Councilor Rob Consalvo is in fifth place (8 percent); former hospital CEO Bill Walczak and City Councilor Felix Arroyo are tied in sixth place (6 percent); City Councilor Michael Ross is in eighth place (5 percent); and neighborhood activist and former School Committee member John Barros is in ninth place (3 percent), reports the poll.

    The race for the Mayor of Boston is so close the top two spots could be decided by as few as 100 votes, proving every vote truly does count. On the other hand, the poll shows just 19 percent of voters are now undecided making it tough for candidates in the bottom of the field to make a last minute comeback, reports The Boston Herald.

    The poll of 600 likely Boston voters was conducted between Sept. 12 and Sept. 17. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

    According to recent poll by the Boston Globe, Connolly had 13 percent of the vote with Richie, Walsh, and Conley close behind.

    "The problem with the undecideds in this election is not that they don't know the candidates," said David Paleologos, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. "It's that so many of the undecideds do know the candidates it's that they are comfortable with many of the candidates. They can't decide between two or three candidates and maybe they make that decision on Tuesday."

    Bill Forry, editor and publisher of the Dorchester Reporter, says some voters have told him they've already changed their minds more than once and that if anything the race is volatile.

    "Well, I think John Barros has the buzz over the last 24 hours because of the Globe endorsement and that is not an insignificant event," Forry responded when asked what candidate has the buzz.

    Forry tells FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti tomorrow the buzz may be with Charlotte Golar Richie for polling as well as she did.

    "So again as we're talking about the buzz, it's a day to day, hour to hour situation right now," Forry explained.

    The preliminary election will take place Sept. 24.

    For more information: Boston Herald

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