The failure to collect enough signatures for statewide offices has left the
Grand Old Party in a more weakened condition than usual this election
year.There are no Republican candidates running for the offices of
secretary of state, treasurer and auditor. According to Brian McNiff,
spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin, there have never in recent
years been so many empty spots on the Republican primary ballot for
constitutional offices. "My suspicion is that it has not happened
before," said McNiff.