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The Latest: Gov. Baker wins Massachusetts GOP primary

September 5, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the primary election in Massachusetts (all times local):

9:05 p.m.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has won the Republican primary as he seeks a second four-year term in office.

Baker fended off a challenge Tuesday from Scott Lively, an ultraconservative minister from Springfield who called the incumbent a RINO — short for “Republican in name only.”

Baker largely ignored Lively, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, beyond sharply criticizing his opponent’s history of controversial anti-LGBT statements. Baker is a frequent critic of Trump’s policies.

Despite Massachusetts’ reputation as a solidly Democratic state, polling has shown Baker to be highly popular with voters throughout his first term. He credits in part his willingness to work cooperatively with Democratic leaders at the Statehouse.

Baker’s critics say he’s failed to make progress on solving key problems, such as the Boston-area’s aging and frequently unreliable public transit system, known as the T.

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8 p.m.

Polls have closed in the Massachusetts primary election.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has sailed through unopposed, letting her focus on the general election in November.

The Democrat has been mentioned as a possible presidential contender in 2020. Warren repeatedly has said she’s focused on her re-election bid, but she did release a decade’s worth of tax returns last month — a move seen as positioning herself for a possible White House run. Warren regularly spars with President Donald Trump, who has refused to release his own returns.

Three Republicans were vying Tuesday for the chance to challenge Warren in November.

They include state Rep. Geoff Diehl; business executive John Kingston; and Beth Lindstrom, a Cabinet official under Republican Gov. Mitt Romney.

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5:05 p.m.

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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10:30 a.m.

Voters in Massachusetts are deciding who advances to the November general election to run for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and a slew of other offices.

One of the closest watched contests in Tuesday’s primary pits longtime incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano against Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. If elected, she’d be the first black woman Massachusetts has sent to Congress.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate seeking a second term, faces conservative Springfield minister Scott Lively. Jay Gonzalez and Robert Massie are competing in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Three Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination to oppose Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in November. Warren is unopposed in the primary.

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