Frank Phillips of The Boston Globe has a story in this morning's edition about the desire of some key Democrats in Massachusetts to move their state primary from September to May. This would mean a much shorter nomination process for state offices, including Governor, and for the state legislature. This is an idea that has been discussed for some time, but is gaining favor as the Democrats look for ways to retake the Governor's office for the first time since 1990.
It seems to this observer that such a change would benefit well-established and well-financed party insiders for all state offices from Governor on down to State Representative. There would be less time for outsiders to build the organizational and financial support necessary to win a primary. As an example, in 2002, former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich likely would not have become as strong a candidate for the Democratic Gubernatorial nomination had the primary been in May.
Also, increasing the general campaign from 50 to 180 days would give the party organizations more time to address any intraparty rifts created by divisive primary campaigns. For example, in 2002, Shannon O'Brien - the Democratic gubernatorial nominee (who lost to Mitt Romney) - would have had more time to solidify her appeal to supporters of Robert Reich and state Senate President Thomas Birmingham (D - Chelsea), her main opponents for the nomination.