Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


May 2, 2013

Many sit out special Senate primary

Timing of vote keeps turnout low


His wife, Rosanne, said she also voted for Sullivan and was equally grim about Republicans’ chances.

“The big cities always carry the Democrats,” she said. “The Democratic machines control the cities.”

Christina Curtin-Orsmond, 43, of Lowell Street, said she voted for Markey because he could beat the Republicans and because “he will represent us very well.”

A regular voter, Curtin-Orsmond said even she was surprised by the special election.

“It snuck up so fast,” she said, noting that she went on February vacation break and when she returned, she realized the election was being held. She said up to that point, she hadn’t seen much advertising on TV or elsewhere by the candidates.

“I don’t know if they were saving money for the final,” she said.

Eighty-six municipalities “piggybacked” local municipal elections with the special U.S. Senate primary. Andover, however, had to hold a separate election at a cost of about $20,000, Murphy said.

Staff Writer Dustin Luca contributed to this story.

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