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John R. Connolly holds 8 percentage point lead over Martin J. Walsh in new Globe poll, even as race remains fluid

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Mayoral hopeful John R. Connolly holds an 8 percentage point lead over state Representative Martin J. Walsh in a new Globe poll, which found a well of strong support for the councilor among newcomers to Boston even as the race remains deeply in flux.

The poll found that most voters are only now focusing on the campaign to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino and that both candidates are held in high regard, suggesting fortunes could shift swiftly with less than two week before the election.

Connolly led Walsh 44 percent to 36 percent in the survey, with the bloc of undecided voters still significant, at 19 percent. The results differed from other recent polls, which have shown Connolly’s lead shrinking as Walsh gained momentum in the glow thrown off by a sweep of endorsements.

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