(MyFoxBoston.com) – So far it has been a crowded, but quiet race to succeed Boston Mayor Tom Menino, but not anymore. A new poll released overnight shows two frontrunners have emerged from the pack. For the first time in 20 years, we are guaranteed to elect a new mayor in Boston.
Twelve candidates are in the mix right now as they ramp up their campaigns and fundraising efforts as we sit a little more than two months away from the primary.
A new poll released overnight shows the man with the lead was the first to jump in the race.
The Suffolk University-Boston Herald poll shows City Councilor John Connolly tops the list, receiving 12 percent support.
Connolly was the first to enter and did so before Mayor Menino bowed out. State Rep. Martin Walsh was second with 11 percent dominating his home base of Dorchester and with union voters. Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley followed with 9 percent and City Councilor Rob Consalvo received 8 percent.
The only woman running is former State Rep. Charlotte Galar Richie, who received 5 percent of the vote, as did City Councilor Michael Ross.
Forty percent of the 600 likely voters in the poll say they are undecided.