---- — BOSTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican candidates hoping to get their names on the ballot are facing a final signature gathering sprint before the close of business on Wednesday.
That’s the deadline for filing the 10,000 voter signatures with city and town clerks needed to secure a spot on the April 30 primary ballot.
Candidates typically try to collect more than 10,000 signatures to give themselves a cushion in case not all the signatures are certified.
Democratic candidates can only gather signatures from Democratic and independent voters while Republicans can only gather signatures from Republican and independent voters.
More than half the voters in Massachusetts are independent.
Democratic candidates include U.S. Reps. Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey.
Republican hopefuls including Norfolk state Rep. Daniel Winslow, Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez and former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan.