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Record Low Turnout Predicted For Special Senate Election


The top election official in Massachusetts says the special Senate election Tuesday will likely result in an historic low voter turnout.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin believes just  37 percent of the state’s 4.3 million voters will go to the polls to choose between Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez.  Galvin said that would be the lowest turnout  to elect a U.S. Senator in the state’s history.  Springfield Election Commission Gladys Oyola  said there are several factors including a heat wave and a race that has produced few sparks.

A poll by Western New England University found nearly thirty percent of the state’s registered voters said they had little or no interest in the election.

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