Massachusetts voters have options in Senate race
The special election to fill John Kerry's recently vacated Senate seat, has a crowded field. Three Republicans and two Democrats have submitted petitions to run. Last year's Massachusetts Senate race had no primary, but was still the most expensive campaign in the state's history.
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Sullivan described himself as fiscally conservative and said Congress and the White House share the blame for the current fiscal stalemate.Skip to next paragraph
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"I think there's tremendous common ground if people would apply some common sense," he said, speaking to reporters after dropping off a batch of signatures Wednesday morning at Abington Town Hall.
Sullivan, who likely has the strongest name recognition among the three Republican candidates, said he does not see himself as the front-runner, adding that "it's been a long time since I've gone out and campaigned."
He acknowledged that as a Republican, he faces an uphill battle in a largely Democratic state. He said before making his decision to run, he spoke to former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who encouraged him.
Sullivan, who served as Plymouth district attorney before being named U.S. attorney for Massachusetts in 2001, staked out conservative positions on a series of issues. He describes himself as "pro-life" on abortion, said gun bans "do not have the results you want them to have" and opposes gay marriage.
"I'm a traditionalist. I believe that marriage is really between a man and a woman," said Sullivan, who was also appointed acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in 2006, and did double-duty for two years, working that job at the same time he was U.S. Attorney.
Markey planned to thank volunteers who helped collect signatures for him with a live webcast to dozens of house parties across the state Wednesday evening.
Gomez's tour of the state Thursday includes stops in Quincy, Shrewsbury and West Springfield. He hasn't spoken to reporters since first announcing his intention to run more than two weeks ago.
In his prepared comments, Gomez said he "will endeavor to be a voice for bipartisanship, reasonableness and common sense."
In pushing for term limits, Gomez said lawmakers should have to "come back home and live under the laws they have created."
On Tuesday, Lynch won the backing of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the largest union of registered nurses and health professionals in the state. Markey had previously won the endorsement of the Massachusetts Teachers Union, the largest union in the state.
The crowded primary field is a sharp contrast to last year's high profile Senate race pitting Brown, a Republican, against Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
Both ran unopposed in their primaries, but still managed to run the most expensive campaign in Massachusetts history — with each raising and spending tens of millions of dollars.