Voters back Baker, Diehl, Moulton; say no to Question 1

Nov 8, 2018 by

Published November 7, 2018

By DAN TOMASELLO

LYNNFIELD — The state election results are in, and a purple wave swept over Lynnfield on Tuesday.

According to the unofficial results released by Town Clerk Trudy Reid, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl easily carried their respective races here. Lynnfieldians also backed several Democratic incumbents over their challengers.

Additionally, townspeople voted against a ballot question seeking to establish nurse staffing ratios and for a request to uphold a state law designed to protect transgender people.

The unofficial results revealed Republicans won three races while Democrats carried six.

In the race for governor, Baker defeated Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez 5,012 votes to 1,056 votes.

Baker received 1,271 votes in Precinct 1, 1,261 in Precinct 2, 1,136 in Precinct 3 and 1,344 in Precinct 4. Gonzalez earned 277 votes in Precinct 1, 294 in Precinct 2, 239 in Precinct 3 and 246 in Precinct 4. Baker easily won the race statewide.

In the U.S. Senate race, Diehl, a state representative from Whitman, prevailed in a three-way race against Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai. Diehl received 3,515 votes, Warren earned 2,544 votes and Ayyadurai got 191 votes.

Diehl received 894 votes in Precinct 1, 840 in Precinct 2, 791 in Precinct 3 and 990 in Precinct 4. Warren earned 639 votes in Precinct 1, 708 in Precinct 2, 579 in Precinct 3 and 618 in Precinct 4. Ayyadurai got 56 votes in Precinct 1, 44 in Precinct 2, 41 in Precinct 3 and 50 in Precinct 4.

Warren won reelection statewide.

In the Sixth Congressional District race, Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton prevailed in a three-way race against Republican Joseph Schneider and Independent candidate Mary Jean Charbonneau. Moulton received 3,283 votes, Schneider got 2,685 votes and Charbonneau earned 171 votes.

Moulton will return to Congress.

Mirroring state results, Attorney General Maura Healey, the Democratic incumbent, defeated Republican challenger James McMahon 3,456 votes to 2,738 votes. Healey was reelected in the statewide tally.

In the race for state auditor, Republican Helen Brady narrowly won a four-way race against Democratic incumbent Suzanne Bump, Libertarian Daniel Fishman and Green-Rainbow candidate Edward Stamas. Brady earned 2,836 votes, Bump received 2,742 votes, Fishman garnered 288 votes and Stamas had 69 votes.

Bump was reelected statewide.

Democratic Secretary of State William Galvin prevailed in a three-way race against Republican Anthony Amore and Green-Rainbow party candidate Juan Sanchez Jr. Galvin received 3,574 votes, Amore earned 2,457 votes and Sanchez garnered 96 votes. Across the Commonwealth, Galvin was reelected to another term. 

State Treasurer Deb Goldberg prevailed in a three-way race against Republican Keiko Orrall and Green-Rainbow candidate Jamie Guerin. Goldberg, the Democratic incumbent, received 3,232 votes, Orrall earned 2,645 votes and Guerrin had 99 votes.

Goldberg won that race across the state.

Democratic Governor’s Councilor Terrance Kennedy cruised past independent challenger Vincent Dixon 4,101 votes to 1,187 votes. Kennedy, a Stafford Road resident, received 1,030 votes in Precinct 1, 1,078 in Precinct 2, 950 in Precinct 3 and 1,43 in Precinct 4. Dixon got 311 votes in Precinct 1, 296 in Precinct 2, 252 in Precinct 3 and 328 in Precinct 4.

Kennedy was reelected in the overall district.

Register of Deeds John O’Brien prevailed in a three-way race against Republican Jonathan Ring and independent candidate David Colpitts. O’Brien, the Democratic incumbent, received 3,200 votes, Ring got 2,508 and Colpitts earned 104.

State Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading), State Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn), District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett and Clerk of Courts Thomas H. Driscoll Jr. ran unopposed in the state election. Jones earned 4,843 votes, Crighton received 4,101 votes, Blodgett was the recipient of 4,187 votes and Driscoll garnered 4,124 votes.

Ballot questions

In addition to electing candidates to office, townspeople made their voices heard on three ballot questions.

Similar to the rest of the state, Lynnfield overwhelming voted against Question 1, which sought to limit how many patients could be assigned to registered nurses in hospitals and other health care facilities. Voters rejected Question 1 4,998 votes to 1,181 votes.

Residents voted overwhelmingly for Question 2, which passed statewide. Question 2, which will establish a commission tasked with considering and recommending potential amendments to the United States Constitution in order to regulate money in politics, passed 3,824 votes to 2,243 votes.

Townspeople, like most others in the state, also backed Question 3, which asked voters to support a state law that protects transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations such as bathrooms and locker rooms. The local result: 3,572 for, 2,602 against.

 The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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