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Ten candidates head to congressional special election in Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts: Ten candidates, made up of seven Democrats and three Republicans, will face off for each party's nomination tomorrow for the 5th District seat. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The special election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the special election victory by Rep. Ed Markey for the vacant Senate seat. Markey won election to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in the general election on June 25, 2013. The seat was formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry, when he was nominated for his current position.
Democratic candidates include state Senator Will Brownsberger, Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, state Senator Karen Spilka, state Senator Katherine Clark, state Representative Carl Sciortino, former Lexington School Committee member Martin Long and Paul John Maisano. In polls leading up to the primary election, Katherine Clark has led the field of Democratic candidates.
Massachusetts is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters are allowed to vote in the primary election. They may choose which party ballot they wish to vote on and still remain unaffiliated.
The winners of each party's primary will advance to the general election on December 10, 2013.
- Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District special election, 2013
- Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District
- Massachusetts elections, 2013
- United States House of Representatives
- Special elections to the 113th United States Congress (2013-2014)
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