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A UMass Amherst/WCVB Poll Finds Uncertainty Surrounding A Number Of The Party’s Down-Ballot Races Heading Into The Sept. 6 Primaries

Results from a UMass Amherst/WCVB Poll released yesterday show that attorney general Maura Healey has all but locked up the Democratic party’s nomination for governor heading into the Sept. 6 primary elections, but there remains uncertainty about the party’s down-ballot races for attorney general, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and auditor. “Primary elections are difficult for voters to understand, because without the cue of party affiliation it is much harder to differentiate between candidates, especially when these candidates are not well-known figures,” says Jesse Rhodes, associate director of the poll and a professor of political science. “It looks as if each of these races will come down to the wire, with the candidate who is best able to mobilize the state’s undecided voters likely emerging victorious next Tuesday,” says Tatishe Nteta, director of the poll and a professor of political science. (WCVB [Boston], WGBH [Boston], Boston Herald, WHDH [Boston], Daily Hampshire Gazette, 9/1/22; News Office release)

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