Massachusetts: Senate hopefuls race to gather final signatures

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(AP) – Four of five Massachusetts U.S. Senate hopefuls say they have either collected more than enough signatures or are confident they will have enough to land a spot on the April 30 primary ballot.

 A spokesman for Republican Gabriel Gomez, a Cohasset businessman and former Navy SEAL, said Tuesday the campaign has collected at least 25,000 signatures, well above the 10,000 threshold needed to qualify.

The biggest question mark remains Republican hopeful and former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, who is relying entirely on volunteers to gather the 10,000 certified voter signatures needed to secure a spot on the April 30 ballot.

 Republican hopeful Norfolk state Rep. Daniel Winslow and Democratic candidate Congressman Edward Markey say they’ve already collected more than twice the necessary 10,000 signatures.

 Fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch said he is confident he will clear the hurdle.

 The signature deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday.

 The special Senate election is June 25.

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