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Boston mayoral campaign schedule has dropped off, while niceness has begun to fade

Councilor at Large John R. Connolly spoke to a voter as her daughter spun about him.
Councilor at Large John R. Connolly spoke to a voter as her daughter spun about him.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

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Mayoral candidates seemed to have been everywhere in the days leading up to the preliminary election, campaigning around the clock and shaking hands endlessly at T stops, senior centers, and forums. And while they were competitive, they were collegial, even having a bit of fun together.

But in the days since, it is as if the number of public appearances has been reduced with the number of candidates and the niceness factor has begun to fade.

The mayoral race, marked during the preliminary by camaraderie among the 12 candidates, has quickly devolved since last Tuesday into a far less congenial affair, with state Representative Martin J. Walsh and Councilor at Large John R. Connolly feuding personally over campaign finance and police compensation. Many of these swipes have taken place via written statements.

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