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Massachusetts primary election 2010

The most interesting race in Massachusetts didn't involve any primaries this cycle.The four candidates for governor -- Patrick, Republican Charles Baker, independent Timothy Cahill and Green-Rainbow candidate Jill Stein -- all ran unopposed in their primaries. But Democrats are worried about the race come November 2nd. As Phillip Rucker explains:

Many of the top strategists in Obama's political circle are helping to orchestrate Patrick's reelection campaign, and they are looking to his contest for clues to what might work for the president in 2012. Whether Patrick is reelected is likely to depend on whether he can again appeal to independents, who outnumber Democrats and Republicans in Massachusetts. Independents flocked to Patrick in 2006 and Obama in 2008 but swung decisively for Republican Scott Brown in a special Senate election last winter.

Full story here.

There were some interesting primaries in the House. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D) survived a primary challenge from union organizer Mac D'Alessandro. State Rep. Jeff Perry won the Republican nomination for the open seat being vacated by Rep. William Delahunt (D). Norfolk District Attorney William Keating beat State Senator Robert O'Leary in the Democratic primary for the same district.

More from PostPolitics:

Follow the Fix's Live coverage of the Sept. 14 primaries here.

An interactive map of Massachusetts and other battleground states.

Dan Baltz explains how these primaries will affect the general election in November.

Sort and rank campaign spending by race, PAC or candidate with PostPolitic's interactive campaign cash database.

Photos: The 2010 Midterm primaries.


Massachusetts election results
are certified by the state Elections Division.

By Washington Post Staff  | September 14, 2010; 6:23 PM ET
 
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