Walsh, Connolly Advance in Boston’s Mayoral Race

The two finalists in the race to succeed Boston Mayor Thomas Menino now face the difficult task of winning over an electorate that seems decidedly uncertain over the city’s next generation of leadership.

State Rep. Martin Walsh, a favorite of organized labor, and City Councilor John Connolly, a former teacher whose campaign focused on education, were the top vote-getters out of 12 candidates in the preliminary election Tuesday, but with only 18 and 17 percent of the vote, respectively, according to unofficial returns.

The two Democrats will square off in the general election on Nov. 5.

Menino, the city’s longest serving mayor, announced earlier this year he would not seek another term after more than two decades in office. He has battled a series of health problems in recent years.

This story is from the Associated Press.