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Mayoral candidates competing for attention against Red Sox

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- It's the first open race for mayor in a generation in Boston, and the race is being eclipsed by the Red Sox World Series win.

With just days left until the election, how do the candidates reach out to voters distracted by baseball?

City Councilor John Connolly tells FOX 25, "Honestly, I believe people are in a good mood. That means they're more likely to listen." He added, "the parade and the duck boats are not going to take away from the campaign. I think it's a good thing."

The candidates will brush it off, but over the last few weeks, at least one of the televised debates competed with a game.

The parade happens this weekend, the last weekend before the election.

"I know there's a big parade on Saturday. So between the hours of 10 and 12 there might be a lot of people in town for the Red Sox," said state Rep. Marty Walsh. "But there's still going to be a lot of people in the neighborhoods concerned about talking issues."

The latest poll in the race, conducted by UMass Amherst, shows Walsh with a seven point lead for the first time over Connolly. Previously polls have put Connolly ahead by the same amount of even more.

"It's a very key weekend," said Jim Spencer, a democrat with the Campaign Network. "Events like this tend to freeze things  in place in politics so things are kind of frozen. It depends on which poll you believe. So it's going to go down to the wire to the last second."

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