Republican candidates dwindle in Massachusetts races

by The Republican Newsroom

Monday May 26, 2008, 5:57 PM


BOSTON – When William F. Weld took office in 1991, it was billed as the start of a Republican revolution on Beacon Hill.

Instead, it marked the peak of the party’s power in state government. A downward spiral for the state GOP began in the 1992 state election and it’s continuing this year.

According to preliminary statistics filed with the secretary of state’s office, Republicans are fielding candidates for just 42 seats in the state House of Representatives and 12 in the state Senate including incumbents. That’s 27 percent of the 200 seats in the state Legislature.

Republican leaders said this will be a year of transition ahead of 2010 when they will have a shot at reclaiming the governor’s office.

“The party is at its lowest numbers,” said state Rep. Todd M. Smola, a Palmer Republican who is running for re-election with no opposition. “In order to rebuild the party, it will be a slow initiative, a few seats at a time.”

This year’s election features the fewest Republican candidates for the state Legislature since 2006 when only 70 ran. Another low point was 2000 when Republicans ran in 76 House and Senate seats.

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