Massachusetts has an odd electoral history. Democrats have had a near-stranglehold on the state’s two Senate seats, the congressional delegation and its Electoral College votes for decades. And yet the voters of Bay State regularly choose a divided state government, electing Republicans to the governor’s mansion.
But the current Gov. Charlie Baker is a moderate Republican who has run afoul of former President Donald Trump, and now a pair of Republicans are vying for the nomination to succeed him. Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to choose whether state Rep. Geoff Diehl or businessman Chris Doughty gets to challenge Maura Healey, who is seeking to move up from her post as attorney general, when they go to the polls today.
And because Massachusetts runs a partly open primary, voters who are not affiliated with a political party may choose to vote in one party’s primaries. Only Republicans have a competitive gubernatorial primary, but Democrats have more competitive races down-ballot, so it will be interesting to see where the independents choose to vote.
Among the other races to watch: Secretary of State William Galvin is seeking an unprecedented eighth term as secretary of state but needs to fend off a primary challenge from the NAACP’s Tanisha Sullivan.
The latest episode of “Let’s Find Common Ground” explores whether, in a time of low voter turnout and a deep partisan divide, there are better ways to select candidates.
The hosts and guests discuss ideas such as ranked-choice voting and open primaries, two of the more popular reform ideas.
- former Democratic Party Chair Donna Brazile.
- Ex-Reps. Will Hurd and Barney Frank
- Susan Rice, director of President Biden’s Domestic Policy Council
- Constitutional law scholar Rick Pildes
- Journalists Salena Zito, Christa Case Bryant and Story Hinckley.
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