SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A lot of people, who went to the Republican Senate debate , went in with an open mind.
Gabriel Gomez, Michael Sullivan and Dan Winslow don't have the star power that Scott Brown carried, but they all carried themselves well in the western Mass. Republican U.S. Senate Debate.
Rick Green of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance told 22News, "Western Mass. is the place where the party has some difficulty so I think it's very important, and just listen to the voters, see what the voters have to say and see what the concerns are out here."
A question Republicans may have to grabble with is the best candidate, the candidate with the best chance to win.
"Electability is all about politics, I think tonight (Thursday) there were clear choices, people who were very informed on the issues," said Rep. Nick Boldyga, (R) Southwick.
Representative Boldgya told 22News he came into the debate very neutral but thought Winslow and Sullivan separated themselves a bit.
Boldyga says the best way to close that gap, in this short amount of time, is to develop a strong jobs plan. "I think the Republican candidate with a real clear plan to get people back to work is going to be the winner in the primary."
Primaries for both parties take place on April 30, with the special election scheduled for June 25.