Light Turnout Expected For Senate Primaries

April 30, 2013 11:10 AM
Light Turnout Expected For Senate Primaries
" BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls to decide which Republican and Democratic candidates will win their party primaries and head to the state’s second special U.S. Senate election in four years.

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The race to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s former Senate seat has been overshadowed by the Boston Marathon bombings. A light turnout is expected Tuesday.

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Two Democrats, both members of the state’s congressional delegation, and three Republicans are vying for their parties’ nominations.

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Even before the bombings, the campaign had failed to capture the attention of voters compared with the 2010 special election following the death of longtime Sen. Edward Kennedy. Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown won the seat but was ousted last year in another high-profile race by Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

A win would help Senate Democrats maintain a caucus edge of 55-45 as they press forward on major issues like immigration and gun control.

The Marathon bombs disrupted the political race, forcing the candidates to temporarily suspend their campaigns "

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