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Tewksbury Turns Blue For The Day, Follows State Trends In Primaries

Sep 09, 2014 11:23PM ● By Bill Gilman
In most elections, you can count on Tewksbury voters to be a Republican stronghold, a bastion of conservatism in an otherwise liberal state.
But for Tuesday's State Primary, Tewksbury traded in its Republican Red for a shade of unmistakable Democratic Blue.
According to unofficial figures provided by Town Clerk Denise Graffeo, 3277, or 15.6 [ercent of Tewksbury's registered voters (21,071) cast ballots in Tuesday's election. Of that number, 2,433 voted in the Democratic Primary and just 844 voted in the GOP Primary.
The complete (but unofficial) Tewksbury voting results can be found in a printable PDF attachment above.
The reason for the weak Republican participation can be attributed to multiple factors. There was only one contested Republican race on the Tewksbury ballot and the outcome of that one (Charlie Baker vs. Mark Fisher for Governor) was a forgone conclusion.
Although statistics for participation choices for "unenrolled" voters are not readily available, it stands to reason that a vast majority of "unenrolleds" who voted in Tewksbury,  chose a Democratic ballot, likely for the same reason.
As for the contested races, themselves, Tewksbury voted almost in lockstep with the rest of the state.
In the upset of the night, former Marine Seth Moulten defeated Congressman John Tierney by 11 percentage points in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District. In Tewksbury, Moulton rolled over Tierney by more than 400 votes (1412-740). Moulton will now face Republican Richard Tisei, who ran unopposed in his party's primary.
Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee for Governor, carried Tewksbury by 33 votes (1,033-1,000) over Steve Grossman, with Donald Berwick a distant third.
For Lieutenant Governor, Stephen Kerrigan of Lancaster easily defeated Leland Cheung and Michael Lake in Tewksbury as he did in the rest of the state.
Another rout came courtesy of Maura Healey, who romped past Warren Tolman in Tewksbury More than 500 votes (1406-873) and across the state by an equally comfortable margin.
In the race to succeed Finegold in the Senate's 2nd Middlesex-Essex District, former State Rep. Barbara L'Italien coasted past Pavel Payano and Doris Rodriguez of Lawrence both in Tewksbury and across the district. She will face Republican Alex Vispoli of Andover, who was unopposed in the primary.
The only races in which Tewksbury voters broke ranks with the state were State Treasurer and District Attorney.
While incumbent DA Marian Ryan was able to fend off a challenge from Michael Sullivan to win the Democratic nomination, it was Sullivan who won in Tewksbury, 1076-1073.
State Treasurer was easy to understand. Tewksbury native and State Sen. Barry Finegold of Andover easily won Tewksbury, 1,615-422-286 over Deb Goldberg and Tom Conroy. But across the state, Godberg easily defeated Finegold by 12 percentage points, with Conroy a distant third.
The primaries for state representative in Tewksbury were all uncontested. Republican Doug Sears will challenge Democratic state Rep. Jim Miceli in a 19th Middlesex District rematch. While in the 18th Middlesex District, Republican Jim Lyons is completely unchallenged en route to a second term.
The complete (but unofficial) Tewksbury voting results can be found in a printable PDF attachment above.

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