Massachusetts: Light turnout in US Senate primary contest

BOSTON (AP) – Primary Day voter turnout in Massachusetts’ special U.S. Senate contest has been relatively light across the state, though one exception is in Boston.

The Massachusetts secretary of state’s office says turnout in the city appears to be running slightly ahead of the special senate primary three years ago in part because of voters are coming out to cast ballots in an open Statehouse election.

Otherwise, the race to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s former Senate seat has been overshadowed by the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Republican candidates are former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Daniel Winslow.

The Democratic primary pits U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch against each other.

All five candidates plan campaign night parties.

Polls close at 8 p.m.

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