Massachusetts voters head to the polls on Tuesday to choose nominees in races for US Senate, governor, and four key House primaries.
Progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is running unopposed in the Democratic primary for US Senate, while three Republicans are competing to challenge her in the fall. Two Democrats are duking it out to face popular Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. And in House races, younger (often female) candidates are running against older, male incumbents.
Given how blue Massachusetts is, the races here are much more about the future of a diversifying Democratic party than any substantial fears about Republicans winning.
Perhaps the most closely watched race of the evening will be Massachusetts’ Seventh Congressional District, where Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) is being challenged by Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. There is also a 10-person Democratic primary in Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District, where Rep. Niki Tsongas is retiring.
Polls close at 7 pm ET. Live results are below, powered by Decision Desk.
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Massachusetts US Senate primary
Republicans Geoff Diehl, John Kingston, and Beth Lindstrom are running to compete against Elizabeth Warren
Republicans Diehl, Kingston, and Lindstrom are all vying for the chance to face Warren in November 2018. Diehl is more aligned with Trump, but there’s not a ton of policy differences. Still, all are pointing out Warren’s progressivism and the 2020 rumors swirling around her to argue that she won’t adequately represent the state. The polls show Warren (who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary) with a commanding lead.
Massachusetts governor primary
Republican Gov. Charlier Baker is up for re-election
Massachusetts voters seem to love Gov. Charlier Baker, who is very moderate and speaks out against the Trump administration regularly. He’s being challenged by little-known conservative Scott Lively, but is almost guaranteed a win on Tuesday.
Democrats Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie are hoping to challenge Baker in the fall. Gonzalez used to serve in state government under former Gov. Deval Patrick, while Massie is a progressive activist. But Baker will be tough to beat — a recent WBUR poll found that 68 percent of Democratic voters approved of him.
Massachusetts First Congressional District
Rep. Richard Neal vs. Tahirah Amatul-Wadud
Neal, a 15-term incumbent, wields an influential position in the US House. He’s the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which formulates tax policy — if Democrats flip the House, he’ll become the chairman. But first, he has to get through a primary where he’s being challenged by first-time candidate and civil rights lawyer Tahirah Amatul-Wadud.
Massachusetts Third Congressional District
Rep. Niki Tsongas is retiring
With the exit of Tsongas, there’s a huge race to replace her. Even with such a large field, there are a number of very qualified candidates running, including a former US ambassador to Denmark, a Pentagon intelligence analyst, and chiefs of staff to the Boston Mayor and a former member of Congress. The three frontrunners appear to be Koh, Gifford, and Trahan — but with such a large field, anything could happen. The winner will face lone Republican, CEO Rick Green.
Massachusetts Seventh Congressional District
Rep. Michael Capuano vs. Ayanna Pressley
Pressley, a 44-year-old Boston city councilor, is running on issues including Medicare-for-All and has gotten support from national progressive groups. Her campaign is focused on her lived experience as a person of color and promises to fight for progressive issues and represent diverse groups of constituents. Capuano, on the other hand, is making the case he has the experience to get things done in Washington.
Massachusetts Eighth Congressional District
Rep. Stephen Lynch vs. Brianna Wu vs. Christopher Voehl
Lynch has been in office since 2001, and is fielding a challenge from videogame developer Wu and Air Force veteran Voehl. Wu, a video game developer in Massachusetts, drew a lot of attention a few years ago for being one of the female gamers targeted by online trolls in “Gamergate.”