BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a crowded field vying to be the next mayor of Boston. Come Tuesday night though, the pack will be narrowed down from twelve to two. There are a few favorites in the preliminary election but it’s expected to be a close race.

The acknowledged frontrunner greeted volunteers at his Roslindale call center Monday afternoon, and then jumped on the horn with some undecided voters. City councilor John Connolly polled at 16 percent late last week, and the former teacher believes his education pitch is the reason.

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The man with the similar name isn’t far behind. Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley attended Ed Davis’ resignation announcement, and believes his stripes earned prosecuting criminals should be enough for a ticket to City Hall.

Because a large field of candidates tends to water down public interest, experts are predicting a very low voter turnout. A recent Suffolk University poll found that one in five voters are still undecided.

State Rep. Marty Walsh would love to convert some of those undecided voters. As he worked a Cape-Verdean crowd in Dorchester Monday, polls show he’s got a decent shot at making it past the preliminary election.

Analysis From WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller

The lone woman in the race, Charlotte Golar-Richie, was introducing herself to voters outside of the Back Bay train station. The former city housing chief and State Rep. believes she’s making a late surge with her underdog status.

Most candidates agree this has been a tough campaign to gauge, after Tom Menino’s two decade lock on the office.


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