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In The Home Stretch, 1st Congressional District Race Takes Dramatic Turn


Alex Morse is vowing to stay in the race for Congress in western Massachusetts as he defends himself against allegations of sexual misconduct with college students.

Morse, the 31-year-old mayor of Holyoke, is trying to unseat 32-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield in the Sept. 1st Democratic primary.

What had been a competitive-looking contest pitting a progressive Democrat against one of the party’s establishment figures has now been turned on its head.

WAMC’s  Pioneer  Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Matt Szafranski, editor-in-chief of Western Mass Politics & Insight about the impact of the revelations on the Morse campaign.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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