Secretary of State William Galvin is expecting over 2 million people will vote in the state’s Nov. 2 general election.

Galvin said Tuesday he expects turnout will be driven by competitive races for governor and a rare open seat in the 10th Congressional District, with its implications for control of the U.S. House.

Galvin, a Democrat, said Republicans are clearly energized by the national battle for congressional seats.

Republican state Rep. Jeffrey Perry and Democratic Norfolk District Attorney William Keating are running for the 10th District seat.

Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick is challenged for reelection by Republican Charles Baker, independent Timothy Cahill and Green/Rainbow candidate Jill Stein.

Galvin said independents, the state’s largest voter bloc, split their voting evenly between the Democratic and Republican primaries on Sept. 14.


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