Mayoral campaigns expose conflicting loyalties of individual voters, neighborhoods

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The crowded race for mayor is exposing voters’ conflicting loyalties in all parts of the city. In Dorchester, six candidates live within a 2-mile radius. But the tension is hitting home especially hard in Hyde Park, the neighborhood that for two decades has been the home of Boston’s mayor.

In a field with a dozen candidates, some of whom appeal to the same geographic or ethnic constituencies, no base is considered off-limits by a rival candidate. Campaigns are doing their best to pick off every vote, splitting neighborhoods, streets, and even families in the process.

Consider that Rob Consalvo’s own cousin donated $500 to Daniel F. Conley before Consalvo declared his candidacy.

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