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April 29, 2013

Voters face Senate primary choices Tuesday

Voters across Cape Ann — and across Massachusetts — will head to the polls Tuesday in the primary phase of the state’s special U.S. Senate election in three years.

Tuesday marks the party primaries on both the Democratic and Republican sides in the accelerated race to take the Senate seat long held by John Kerry, now the nation’s Secretary of State, turning over a Senate seat for the second times since the clerks expect a very low turnout even as the U.S. Senate seats from Massachusetts have been in constant flux since the death of Edward M. Kennedy in August 2009.

The race to succeed Kennedy also included December pirmaries on the way to then-state Sen. Scott Brown’s win over Attorney General Martha Coakley in January 2010. But while Elizabeth Warren ousted Brown in his first run for a full term last November, Keey’s seat became vacant when he was appointed to the Secretary of State’s post in January of this year, touching off the current run while William “Mo” Cowan, appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick in February, holds down the seat until after the special general election, set for June 25.

Three men are vying for the Republican nomination and two for the Democratic nomination on voters’ ballots tomorrow. The latest polls have shown Congressman Ed Markey, D-Malden, in the lead for his nomination over fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston, and Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez in the lead for the GOP nomination.

But large percentages of likely primary voters reported they are open to changing their minds. And a majority of Massachusetts voters – 52 percent — are enrolled as unaffiliated, meaning they can go to the polls today and choose to voter the primary for either party.

All polling places across the state will be open from 7 a.m,. to 8 p.m.

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