They had come so close.
Each had slogged through long days, countless speeches and numerous handshakes, trying to make history as the first minority mayor. They were one Latino, one Cape Verdean, and four African-Americans. And when polls closed and ballots were counted, they had collectively garnered more than 38 percent of the votes.
But no one made the final cut.
“If the ultimate goal is to have a person of color in the top two, then it failed,” said Peniel E. Joseph, a history professor at Tufts University and political observer. “If the ultimate goal was to show that these diverse candidates are qualified to be mayor and can get nearly 40, 000 votes in the primary, then it’s a success.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.