Massachusetts: Voters to face contested US Senate primaries

(AP) – Massachusetts voters heading to the polls on primary day in this year’s special U.S. Senate election will find something that was missing from last year’s Senate race – a choice of candidates.

Three Republicans and two Democrats say they’ve collected more than the 10,000 certified signatures needed to land a spot on the April 30 ballot.

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan said Wednesday his volunteer signature effort was successful and he’ll join state Rep. Daniel Winslow and Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez on the Republican ballot.

On the Democratic side, U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch are facing off.

Voters on each side will decide which candidates will go on to represent their party in the June 25 election.

Last year, Republican Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren ran unopposed in their primaries.


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