Light turnout in Mass. US Senate primary contest
BOSTON (AP) -- The polls have closed in a Massachusetts primary that will set the field for a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by John Kerry.
U.S. Reps. Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey are competing for the Democratic nomination. Businessman and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and state Rep. Daniel Winslow are the Republican candidates.
The final two weeks of the campaign were overshadowed by the Boston Marathon bombings. Even before the April 15 attack the race had failed to capture the same attention as the special election that followed the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy in 2009.
Election officials say voting appears to be light in most areas of the state for Tuesday's primary.
The special election is June 25.