From left, Jamie Guerin, Juan Sanchez, and Edward Stamas.
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Western Massachusetts has been a relative stronghold for the Green-Rainbow Party -- the state affiliate of the national Green Party.

One of the two questions featured on statewide ballots will give Connecticut voters the chance to decide if money earmarked for transportation should be kept in a lockbox.

The last debate of the Massachusetts governor's race took place Thursday night, broadcast on WCVB-TV. Charlie Baker, left, and Jay Gonzalez.
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Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez squared off for the third and final time Thursday. With less than a week to go before election day, Gonzalez has a lot of ground to make up.

Over the past decade, Republicans have made historic gains on the state level. Heading into the election, they control two-thirds of the governors' mansions. But this year the GOP is playing defense.

In the two years since President Trump's election, Democrats have found their energy. Party turnout during the primaries was high, and looking forward to the general election, Democrats could pick up more than a dozen gubernatorial seats and have the chance to become the majority.

Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern, at left, and Republican challenger Tracy Lovvorn.
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Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern of Worcester, a Democrat, is facing a challenge on Election Day from Republican Tracy Lovvorn.