It’s primary day for the men who would be Massachusetts’ next senator, replacing John Kerry. Polls in Grafton are open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Precincts 1, 2, and 3 vote at Grafton Middle School (aka “the old high school”), Precincts 4 and 5 are at the Millbury Street Elementary School (aka “Grafton Elementary School” or “that school on the road to Target”).
Secretary of State William Galvin on Monday predicted about 550,000 voters will vote on the Democratic side, deciding between U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch. Galvin predicted about 200,000 people will cast votes in the Republican primary between Michael Sullivan, Gabriel Gomez and Daniel Winslow.
That’s considerably down from the nearly 670,000 who cast Democratic ballots in the 2009 special primary following the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy.
The winner goes on to the final special election on June 25.
Don’t be surprised if many of the signs you see are for Grafton candidates who are not on today’s ballot — the selectmen’s race is heating up and there’s still a few weeks to go before the May 21 Town Election.