Modest Turnout For Massachusetts Primary Races

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BOSTON (AP) - Elections officials say voter turnout in Boston is running ahead of the last statewide primary four years ago.

As of midafternoon Tuesday, about 50,000 people had cast ballots, or a little more than 12 percent of the city's registered voters. In 2014, about 33,000 people had voted in Boston as of that same time.

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary in the congressional district that includes parts of the city along with Cambridge and Somerville.

In the governor's race, incumbent Republican Charlie Baker is being challenged by minister Scott Lively while Democrats Jay Gonzalez and Robert Massie are competing for their party's nomination.

Three Republicans are vying to face Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in November. Warren has no primary challenger.

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