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Marty Walsh Favored To Win Re-Election Next Year … If He Runs

September 18, 2020

If Marty Walsh runs for mayor of Boston again, he’d be the favorite to win the election, according to a new poll.

Walsh hasn’t said if he plans to run for re-election to a third term in 2021, but an at-large city councilor, Michelle Wu, says she is in the race.

If Walsh runs and city councilor Andrea Campbell does as well, the advantage goes to Walsh, according to a new WGBH poll.

It shows Walsh with 46 percent support, Wu with 23 percent, and Campbell with 4 percent. The poll asked 400 people and had a 4.9 percent margin of error.

Wu would most likely run to Walsh’s left, as would Campbell. The key thing Walsh has going for him, though, is that he’s the current mayor. The last time a sitting mayor of Boston lost a bid for re-election was 1949, when then-city clerk John B. Hynes defeated then-mayor James Michael Curley.

“Marty Walsh is the incumbent, and incumbents … almost always win re-election, both for mayor of Boston and for pretty much any office,” Steve Koczela, the president of the MassINC Polling Group, told WGBH. “So certainly, Michelle Wu or any other challenger would have their work cut out for them.”

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