Hardly anyone in Boston was thinking about the mayor’s race that sun-streaked afternoon in mid-August. But that didn’t stop 300 union workers from taking to the streets of Hyde Park, carrying campaign signs and knocking on doors until dark.
There were hotel workers, nurses, and builders — not natural allies in terms of income, neighborhood, or line of work. But they showed up en masse that day for Marty Walsh, a former union worker who would end up winning more votes than his 11 rivals in the preliminary election.
That was only a taste of what labor leaders hope to deliver on Nov. 5. With the race now in full swing, and narrowed to Walsh and Councilor John Connolly, efforts to get out the union vote are ramping up aggressively. At least 40,000 workers’ ballots are at stake, or 11 percent of registered voters in Boston. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Andrew Ryan of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Beth Healy can be reached at Beth.Healy@globe.com.