- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Iraq war veteran and political newcomer Seth Moulton defeated nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in the Democratic primary, making Tierney the first sitting Massachusetts congressman to lose a primary since 1992. Moulton will face Richard Tisei in the November election to represent the state’s 6th Congressional District.


The governor’s race is down to Attorney General Martha Coakley for the Democrats and Republican Charlie Baker. Each is seeking political redemption of sorts after losing elections in 2010. Baker lost the governor’s race to incumbent Democrat Deval Patrick, while Coakley suffered a stunning loss at the hands of Republican Scott Brown in a special election earlier that year to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.


While the Democratic primary for attorney general was expected to be one of the closest of the evening, Maura Healey won a convincing victory over Warren Tolman. Healey ran as an anti-establishment candidate against the former lawmaker. As assistant attorney general, Healey successfully argued the state’s case to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which critics said prevented legally married gay couples in Massachusetts from obtaining certain federal benefits.


Voter interest in the primaries appeared muted in much of the state. In Boston, elections officials reported that only about 12 percent of the city’s eligible voters had cast ballots by 6 p.m. Tuesday, a number in line with Secretary of State William Galvin’s prediction of a low statewide turnout. Interest in the November election could be boosted by four ballot questions that could draw significant interest among voters, most notably an effort by casino opponents to repeal the state’s expanded gambling law.


In the three-way Democratic primary for Massachusetts state treasurer, Deb Goldberg prevailed. The former Brookline selectwoman defeated state Sen. Barry Finegold of Andover and state Rep. Tom Conroy of Wayland in Tuesday’s voting. Goldberg will face off against Republican nominee Michael Heffernan of Wellesley in the November election. Ian Jackson of the Green-Rainbow party also will be on the ballot.


Baker will team with former Shrewsbury state Rep. Karyn Polito, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, on the November ballot. Polito ran unopposed for the number two position after Baker tapped her for his running mate earlier in the campaign. On the Democratic side, Coakley will run with Stephen Kerrigan, a former aide to the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy. Kerrigan defeated fellow Democrats Mike Lake and Leland Cheung in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

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