5 days to Nov. 5. Happy Halloween! City Councillor At-Large John Connolly is greeting voters at a Dunkies in Readville first thing in the morning before participating in a Boston.com chat. State Rep. Marty Walsh tapes an “On the Record” interview at Channel 5 and attends a Central Boston Elder Services meeting.
POLL HAS WALSH UP: A UMass Amherst poll has Walsh with a 7 point lead: "With leaners included, likely voters prefer Walsh over Connolly 47 percent to 40 percent, a lead that is outside the 5.9 percent margin of error for the poll. With less than a week to go in the campaign, 13 percent of likely voters remain undecided." Suffolk University will likely release its own poll in the coming days. A chart that includes the polls that have been released is available here.
POLLSTERS CAN'T WIN: A poll has a candidate up, and his opponent's supporters go berserk, trashing the poll. Days later, another poll has the opponent up, and supporters dismiss it. Megan Costello, Walsh's campaign manager, blasted out this email yesterday, noting that the UMass poll gives them their first lead of the election: "There is no doubt that we have real momentum on our side – but we also know that this is going to be an incredibly close election. It's going to come down to who can turn out their vote." Connolly's camp sends its own email, pushing GOTV: "Marty doesn't have to worry, I'm going to keep running the positive campaign I've been running since day one. And we cannot allow his negative campaign to fool the voters."
THE DAY AHEAD: A list of happenings, as provided by the campaigns. Schedule entries are subject to change:
State Rep. Marty Walsh
10:00 a.m. WCVB On the Record taping (will air Sunday, Nov. 3 at 11:00 a.m.)
11:30 a.m. Central Boston Elder Services Meeting (2315 Washington St., Dudley Square)
3:00 p.m. Green Ribbon Commission meeting (Pilot House on Lewis Warf, 26 Atlantic Ave., Boston)
5:00 p.m. Monument Square Halloween Procession (Monument Square, Charlestown)
City Councillor At-Large John Connolly
Greeting Voters in Readville
Dunkin' Donuts, 1800 Hyde Park Avenue, Readville, MA
Central Boston Elder Services
2315 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA
Radio Boston Interview
Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay Halloween Party
Clarendon Street Playground, Boston, MA
28th Annual Monument Square Halloween Costume Parade with Meg, Clare, Teddy and MaryKate
Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown, MA
NEMPAC Halloween Night Gathering on the Prado
416 Hanover Street, Boston, MA
'LET US TEAR THE HIDE OFF EACH OTHER': They did everything better back then, apparently, including go negative. UMass Boston's Maurice Cunningham has this fun look at Boston politics from a historical perspective.