Much is at stake in 2014 primaries

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Voters across the Commonwealth are making their way to the polls for Tuesday’s state primary elections.

From 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., voters will be showing up in precincts across the state to narrow down the field of candidates several major state and local offices.

There are several major seats up for grabs this time around, including what Springfield political consultant Tony Cignoli refers to as the “Big Three”: governor, treasurer, and attorney general. In each of those races, the incumbent is not seeking re-election, and on Tuesday, there are contested Democratic and Republican primaries for governor, and contested Democratic primaries for treasurer and attorney general as well (only one GOP candidate is on the ballot for both of those offices).

Locally, there are several major contested local races, including a four-candidate Democratic primary for Hampden County District Attorney, a five-candidate primary for the Democratic nomination in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire senate district, and a two-candidate primary for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire Senate District

Click here for a listing of candidates and races for the primaries and the general election.

Though there is a lot at stake Tuesday, Secretary of State William Galvin is predicting that the total voter turnout for both Democrats and Republicans isn’t likely to exceed 15-20%.

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