Few Voters Go to Polls in Primary for Kennedy's Seat
Martha Coakley favored in less-than-energetic race
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2009 11:14 AM CST
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley greets supporters outside a polling place in Medford, Mass., Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009.   (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

(Newser) – A handful of voters have been trickling into polls around Massachusetts today for the special election that will almost certainly determine Ted Kennedy’s successor. As few as 300,000 to 500,000 may vote in the Democratic primary, the winner of which is expected to trounce Republican Scott Brown. State Attorney General Martha Coakley is the favorite in the primary, with polls giving her a double-digit lead over Rep. Michael Capuano.

There are two other candidates: City Year founder Alan Khazei, who snagged the Globe’s endorsement, and Celtics owner Steve Pagliuca, who, having no endorsements, brought the 2008 championship trophy with him on the campaign trial. “It’s not a race that’s generating a great deal of buzz and electricity,” says one observer. “None of the candidates have really gone after the others in a serious way.”