postheadericon AP News: Lively turnout as Mass. governor race concludes

By GLEN JOHNSON, AP Political Writer

BOSTON (AP) – The nearly two-year Massachusetts gubernatorial race is over but for the voting.

Gov. Deval Patrick is trying to fend off a pro-GOP, anti-incumbent wave that threatened his colleagues in 37 races across the nation. GOP challenger Charles Baker is hoping to take advantage of that tide.

Patrick voted in Milton and then had lunch with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Baker voted in Swampscott. His 19-year-old son, Charlie, cast his first-ever vote for his father.

Independent candidate Timothy Cahill and Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein are also on the ballot.

Secretary of State William F. Galvin predicted “near-record” turnout for a nonpresidential year.

Midday results in Boston showed a slight uptick from turnout in January’s special Senate election.




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