WITHOUT PRIMARY DATE, MASS. STANDS ALONE AMONG STATES
By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 5, 2017...Every two years, the state holds an election. And every two years, voters head to the polls on the first Tuesday in November.
But the timing of the party primaries, which typically occur in early- to mid-September, has been a far less predictable occurrence, and 2018 will be no different in that regard.
It's December and candidates are already running for a variety of statewide and district seats on Beacon Hill, but for now they're like marathoners who don't know where the finish line will be. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Massachusetts is the only state in the country right now with an asterisk next to the date for the state 2018 primaries.
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