**This post has been corrected to fix a math error. Our earlier projections for turnout in Springfield’s section of the Hampden Senate District applied our projected turnout rate to all registered voters in the city, not the estimated number of registered voters in the district.
This post is the fourth is a series on the Hampden Senate Democratic Primary Election
In a press release dated on Saturday, Springfield Ward 3 Councilor Melvin Edwards returned to the campaign trail after a devastating knee injury earlier in August. However, with only four days until the primary, Edwards has considerable ground to make up to catch James Welch in the Hampden Senate primary. Campaign finance reports released Wednesday suggest that gap is even wider.
Unlike candidates for just about any other office in Massachusetts, legislative candidates do not need to disclose their campaign finance reports until a week before the primary and again before the election. Candidates for Governor’s Council or Mayor must release reports at much more regular intervals. That means that that gauging the money race for the Hampden Senate race has been impossible until now. Continue reading