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Opinion

John Walsh

Contested primary good for Democrats

Massachusetts Democrats win a lot of elections. As chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, that gives me great satisfaction. But it is also important to understand why we win, especially now, because voters will elect a new US senator in a few months.

The conventional wisdom is that we win because we’re good at running elections. We celebrate the success of a grass-roots, community-organizing brand of politics and smile when our Republican friends blame their losses on “the machine.” It’s true that getting neighbors to talk to each other works — and that’s good. But it’s not enough.

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