Boston prelim vote 1st step in choosing next mayor


BOSTON (AP) — Polls have closed in Boston after the first mayoral election in two decades without Thomas Menino on the ballot.

Twelve candidates were vying in Tuesday's preliminary election for two spots on the November general election ballot.

Menino is the longest-serving mayor in the city's history. He has battled a series of health problems and hospitalizations in recent years and announced earlier this year he would not seek a sixth term at City Hall.

As of 6 p.m., city elections officials said about 86,000, or more than 23 percent of eligible voters, had cast ballots at the 150 polling places around Boston. Pre-election estimates were that about one-third of eligible voters would participate.

The winner of the November election will become only the city's fourth mayor since 1968.

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