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Massachusetts Voters Head To The Polls

Polls are open across Massachusetts where voters today will narrow the field for governor and decide some contested local races.

   The three-way Democratic primary for governor may be the marquee match today, but voter turnout is higher in precincts where there are contested primaries for open seats in the state legislature, according to the city of Springfield’s Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola.

   "The senatorial races and district rep races are the ones driving the turnout in the areas that have been busy."

    Despite the races for legislative seats and a contest for Hampden District Attorney, Oyola believes fewer than 15 percent of the city’s 102,000 registered voters will cast ballots before the polls close at 8 tonight.


Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.