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Majority of candidates for Massachusetts House and Senate running unopposed on November ballot


BOSTON — Most candidates running for seats in the Massachusetts House and Senate will be able to coast to victory without breaking a sweat next month.

Of the 200 seats in the state Legislature, candidates for 109 are running unopposed on the November ballot.

The majority of those are incumbents seeking re-election to another two-year term.

In the 40-member Senate, there are only 20 contested races. In the 160-member House, 89 candidates face no opposition on the ballot.

While much of the focus of the election season has been on top offices like the race for governor or attorney general, there has been far less attention on legislative races.

The lack of challengers in so many contests all but guarantees Democrats will maintain hefty majorities in both chambers.

The election is Nov. 4.

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