Massachusetts politicians look ahead to primary contests

BOSTON (AP) — Now that formal sessions are wrapped up, Beacon Hill lawmakers can look forward to spending more time talking to constituents and preparing for the fall elections — starting with the Sept. 4 primary.

For many, that means not breaking a sweat.

Of the 40 Senate seats, there are just seven contested Democratic primaries and no contested Republican races.

In two dozen races, there are no Republican candidates running, leaving the Democratic candidates a free shot. Democrats have also failed to nominate candidates in two Senate races.

Of the 160 House seats, there are just 35 contested Democratic primaries and six contested Republican primaries.

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Republicans, vastly outnumbered in both chambers, aren’t fielding candidates in more than 100 House races. Democrats have no candidates in more than a dozen races.