Primaries set stage for fall races in Mass.


The stage is set for the fall campaign in November after primary elections in redrawn congressional districts that saw victories for several Democratic incumbents, as well as a member of the Kennedy family making his first bid for public office.

Thursday’s primaries were the first under a new Massachusetts political map which reflects the loss of one of the state’s 10 seats in the U.S. House due to population shifts.

Turnout was mostly light. The state’s marquee race in November pits Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown against Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Neither faced a primary opponent.

Joseph Kennedy III, the 31-year-old son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II and grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, overwhelmed two other Democrats to win the Democratic nomination in the 4th District, where longtime incumbent Rep. Barney Frank is retiring.

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