Massachusetts Republican and Democratic primaries are today…April 30, 2013

Remember, the Massachusetts Republican and Democratic primaries to complete the next two years of John Kerry’s U.S. Senate term is today (Tuesday 30 April), with the general election on June 25.

Turnout is expected to be low, as local media coverage has been heavily focussed on the April 15th Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath.

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, who faces Rep. Edward Markey for the Democratic nomination, reported an unspecified illness on Monday morning, cancelling much of his Monday schedule.


[Sec./State] Galvin predicts lower Senate special election turnout than 2009
By Joshua Miller | Boston Globe Staff

April 29, 2013

Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin today predicted an overall lower turnout for Tuesday’s special US Senate primary election than in the same contest in 2009.

Galvin said he expected about 550,000 Democratic ballots would be cast Tuesday in the two-person contest, down from the 669,000 in the 2009 US Senate special primary election.

On the Republican side, he said he predicts about 200,000 people will cast primary ballots in the three-person race, up from 165,000 in 2009.

The longtime secretary of state said requests for absentee ballots, a useful metric in predicting voter turnout, were down about 20 percent from the 2009 special….

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11 thoughts on “Massachusetts Republican and Democratic primaries are today…April 30, 2013”

  1. Today is also the first day that the 24 (!) people who took out nomination papers for Mayor of Boston can start collecting voters’ signatures.

    — Dave

    Voters trickle to polls as turnout expected to be low
    ¶ Some communities holding municipal elections

    By Jim O’Sullivan, Andrew Ryan and Meghan Irons
    | Boston Globe Staff

    April 30, 2013

    Voters trickled to the polls today to take the first step in choosing a Senate successor to Secretary of State John F. Kerry, as two Democrats and three Republicans vie to win their respective party primary elections.

    US Representative Stephen F. Lynch and US Representative Edward J. Markey last week took the Democratic contest onto negative turf, dueling over each other’s national security votes and exchanging insults about who was being more truthful with voters.

    On the Republican side of the ballot, private equity investor Gabriel E. Gomez, former US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, and state Representative Daniel B. Winslow have been squabbling in an attempt to claim the relatively sparse number of votes needed to win a Republican primary in Massachusetts.

    In both parties, concerns about voter turnout have forced candidates to reconsider strategies. The Boston Marathon bombings have drawn attention away from the past few weeks of a brief campaign that already had difficulty sparking the public’s interest after former Senator Scott Brown, among others, had passed on the race.

    By 3 p.m., a total of 37,401 people had voted in Boston, according to city figures. That was a turnout rate of 9.6 percent, the city said. Low turnout was also reported in various surrounding communities.

    Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m….

    1. The low numbers could reflect the unsettled times in the state over the last 6 months or so?

    1. You’re up DSD
      THANKS for the update

      Hey Jack if you read this the site could use the same from you on the SC 1st election coming up….

  2. There are a number of reasons for the low turnout. Apart from getting overshadowed by other events, the short election cycle made it hard for candidates to get noticed, the huge national Democratic effort (post-Coakley’10) to drive other Democratic primary candidates from the field (as with Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 nomination), and plain old voter fatigue.

    Since Ted Kennedy’s death in August 2009, Massachusetts voters have voted in a 2009 U.S. Senate primary (Coakley v Brown), an early 2010 Senate general election (Brown), a regular Senate primary in Sept. 2012 (Warren v Brown), a regular Senate election in Nov. 2012 (Warren) and now another special Senate primary in April 2013 — to be followed later this year by the general Senate election on June 25.

    That’s in addition to municipal primaries and general elections in many towns later this year (including Boston’s Mayor & Council).

    ¶ So, for a Boston voter, the electoral schedule since the last year of the Bush administration has looked something like this:

    2008 Feb. 5 Super-Tuesday presidential primaries
    2008 Sept. Congressional & legislative primaries
    2008 Nov. General election (state & fed.)

    2009 Sept. Mayoral & council primaries
    2009 Nov. Mayoral & council general
    2009 late Special Senate primary
    2010 Jan. Special Senate general
    2010 Sept. Congressional, Gubernatorial (A-G, Sec/State, Treasurer) and legislative primaries
    2010 Nov. Congressional, Gubernatorial (etc.) & legislative general

    2011 Sept. Boston Common Council primaries (some districts)
    2011 Nov. Common Council general (some districts)

    2012 Spring Presidential primaries
    2012 Sept. Senatorial, Congressional & legislative primaries
    2012 Nov. 6 Presidential, Senatorial, Congressional & legislative general
    2013 April 30 Special Senate primary
    2013 June 25 Special Senate general
    2013 Sept. Mayoral & council primaries
    2013 Nov. Mayoral & council general

    2014 Sept. Senate, Congressional, Gubernatorial (etc.) & legislative primaries
    2014 Nov. Senate, Congressional, Gubernatorial (etc.) & legislative general

  3. With 55% of the precincts reporting, Ed Markey leads Stephen Lynch for the Dem. nomination, 4-3 (57% to 43%)

    1,194 of 2,172 precincts

    122,631 Steve Lynch
    162,249 Ed Markey

    On the GOP side, with 45% of precincts reporting,

    52% for Gabriel Gomez, former SEAL and political newcomer

    35% for Michael Sullivan, formerly U.S. Attorney for Mass. and Director of ATF

    13% for Dave Winslow, experienced state legislator

    971 of 2,172 precincts
    46,109 Gomez
    30,702 Sullivan
    11,688 Winslow

    I’m leaving shortly, so I’ll rely on you to refresh and update the results from these pages.


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