Ballots being cast in Mass. Senate primary
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Tuesday is primary day in Massachusetts, but the race to fill the seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry has been overshadowed by the Boston Marathon bombings. A light turnout is expected Tuesday.
Five men - two Democrats and three Republicans - are hoping to fill the senate seat that was left vacant when John Kerry became Secretary Of State.
By the end of the day, the field will be cut to just two.
Rallies and handshakes - the state's special senate election arrived and the candidates were still trying to make-up for time lost on the campaign trail in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“We had to take down the campaign for awhile out of respect for those families, but we did the right thing, it was the right thing to do,” said Rep. Stephen Lynch at a South Boston rally.
U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch, running for the
Democrats, cancelled some last minute stops due to laryngitis.
Lynch’s competitor Representative Ed Markey took a grassroots approach, making phone calls himself.
On the republican side, it’s a close race. The Republican candidates include former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Daniel Winslow.
Gabriel Gomez spent time in Marshfield while Daniel Winslow tried to reach as many voters as possible at South Station.
Former U.S. Attorney Mike Sullivan said he's hoping for a huge turnout, though election officials say when compared to the last special Senate election in 2009, that doesn’t seem likely.
“We’re seeing a distinct decline…particularly on democratic side,” said an official.
All five candidates are planning separate campaign night parties.
A win for the Democrats would help Senate Democrats maintain a caucus edge of 55-45 as they press forward on issues including immigration.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Winners of Tuesday’s primary contests will go head-to-head in the special senate election, which will take place June 25.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.