BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts could soon be granting two new political parties official status.

To win that status, a candidate for the party needs capture more than 3 percent of the vote in any statewide race. That appears to have happened in several races on Tuesday.

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In the governor’s race, Evan Falchuk won just over the 3 percent according to unofficial returns. That should be enough for his United Independent Party to gain official status.

Evan Falchuk during WBZ debate. (Photo by Peter Casey/WBZ NewsRadio)

Evan Falchuk during WBZ debate. (Photo by Peter Casey/WBZ NewsRadio)

Falchuk said that was one of his goals in running for governor.

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The Green-Rainbow Party also appears to have gained official status with candidates for secretary, treasurer, and auditor also crossing the 3 percent bar according to unofficial results.

The state already has two officials parties — Democrats and Republicans.

Official status allows the party to hold primaries.

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