Patchy inland fog and low-lying clouds are expected to burn off by mid-morning, giving way to sunny skies and temperatures climbing near 80 degrees for today's preliminary election.
"I think it should be the ideal voting weather," said Charlie Foley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton.
The pleasant weather could help buoy turnout, a crucial factor in what has been the most competitive mayor's race in 16 years. City election records show there are more registered voters for today’s election than for any mayoral preliminary since before Mayor Thomas M. Menino took office. A total of 276,653 residents are registered to vote. That is 22,200 more than were registered for the last mayoral preliminary election, in 2001, and 51,460 more than in the 1993 preliminary, when eight candidates vied for two spots.
The vote will narrow the mayor’s race from four candidates to two and the field for at-large City Council seats from 15 to eight. The final election will be Nov. 3.
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