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Massachusetts Democrats Begin State Convention

POLITICS-DEMOCRATSWORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Thousands of Democratic activists from across Massachusetts have gathered in Worcester for the start of the party’s nominating convention.

Gov. Deval Patrick, in his final convention speech as governor, ticked off of his administration’s achievements Friday night. He took a swipe at Massachusetts Republicans, saying they are offering “the same tired policies from the same tired people.”

Delegates endorsed incumbents U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, state Secretary William Galvin and Auditor Suzanne Bump. None are facing primary challengers.

Markey, who will face Republican Brian Herr in November, said he wants to fight for tougher gun laws and environmental protections.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren recapped her efforts to push through a bill letting college graduates refinance their student loans at lower rates.

The convention’s main event comes Saturday when delegates hear from candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and treasurer.

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