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August 17, 2010

Election overview: What's on the ballot statewide

With no U.S. Senate race or primary contest for governor, candidates for statewide office will be struggling to get out their vote on Sept. 14.

The Democratic ballot will feature contests for state treasurer and auditor. The former pits veteran Democratic fundraiser and activist Steve Grossman against Boston City Councilor Stephen Murphy, while there's a three-way contest for the party's nomination for state auditor. Candidates to succeed incumbent Auditor Joe DeNucci, who opted not to seek re-election after 24 years in office, are former Patrick labor secretary Suzanne Bump of Great Barrington, Worcester County Sheriff Guy William Glodis of Auburn and former White House aide Mike Lake of Boston.

On the Republican side, there are two — Mary Connaughton of Framingham and Kamal Jain of Lowell — vying for the state auditor nomination. The winner of the treasurer's race among the Democrats will face Republican state Rep. Karyn Polito of Shrewsbury in November.

Incumbent Secretary of State William Galvin will face Republican William Campbell of Woburn in November.

To the surprise of many, incumbent Attorney General Martha Coakley, who lost the special election for Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate to Republican Scott Brown last January, is thus far unopposed in either the primary or general election. However, Republican Guy Carbone is trying to secure enough write-in votes in September to get his name on the November ballot.

Much of the attention post-Labor Day is likely to focus on the gubernatorial contest, along with the three ballot questions up for a vote this fall, one of which would cut the state sales tax by more than half.

Incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Charlie Baker of Swampscott; state Treasurer Timothy Cahill who opted not to seek re-election to run for the corner office as an independent, and Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein.

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