Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Evangelidis elected Worcester County Sheriff

With nearly 80% of the precincts reporting, State Rep. Lew Evangelidis (R-Holden) is cruising to victory over Tom Foley (D-Worcester) and Keith Warren (U-Warren) in the race to replace outgoing Worcester County Sheriff.

Evangelidis leads Foley by 52% to 42%, building a margin of more than 21,000 votes with approximately 40,000 votes still outstanding.

Durant upsets Incumbent Alicea by two votes in Sixth House District, recount inevitable

According to the Associated Press, challenger Peter Durant (R-Spencer) has defeated incumbent Rep. Geraldo Alicea (R-Charlton) by two votes.

With all 12 precincts reporting, Durant leads Alicea 6,583 votes to 6,581 in unofficial results.

Durant won every town in the district except for Southbridge, which gave Alicea a 1,019 vote lead.

Benson wins reelection in 37th Middlesex

According to Twitter updates from Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) and WickedLocal.com, Benson has defeated Kurt Hayes (R-Boxboro) in her quest for reelection.

Naughton cruises to victory in 12th Worcester

Rep. Harold Naughton, Jr. (D-Clinton) appears to be cruising to reelection over challenger James Gettens (R-Sterling). With 5 of 11 precincts reporting, Naughton leads 65% to 35%.

Among the precincts left to report are the four precincts in Naughton's hometown of Clinton, which has historically supported Naughton by wide margins.

Alicea wins Southbridge big, takes narrow lead with only Spencer to report

With the Democratic stronghold of Southbridge going heavily for Rep. Geraldo Alicea (D-Charlton), the incumbent has taken a 399-vote lead over challenger Peter Durant (R-Spencer). However, the two precincts left to report are the two in Durant's hometown. If Durant wins Spencer, the race could be headed for a recount.

Benson leads Hayes in 37th Middlesex, wins both candidates home towns

Incumbent freshman Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) narrowly leads Kurt Hayes (R-Boxboro) in the 37th Middlesex House District, however she has won both Lunenburg and Boxboro.

With 5 of 11 precincts reporting, Benson holds a 53%-47% lead. She won Lunenburg by 328 votes and defeated Hayes by 15 votes in Boxboro.

Acton, which is the home of Democratic State Senator Jamie Eldridge--the most recent state representative in the district--is among the towns that have still not reported results. Harvard has also not reported results, but Benson had tweeted earlier in the night that she had won Harvard.

Incumbent Rep. Alicea in danger of losing Sixth Worcester District

Incumbent Rep. Geraldo Alicea (D-Charlton) trails Peter Durant (R-Spencer) by nearly 10 points in his attempt to be reelected to the state house from the Sixth Worcester District.

With 5 of 12 precincts reporting, Alicea trails by 620 votes. Included in the count is Alicea's hometown of Charlton, which rejected the incumbent by a 460-vote margin. Southbridge, considered a Democratic stronghold and Spencer, where Durant is a selectman, are the two towns left to report.

Beaton wins 11th Worcester, succeeds Polito

Matt Beaton (D-Shrewsbury) has defeated Kevin Byrne (R-Shrewsbury) in the race to succeed State Rep. Karyn Polito (R-Shrewsbury), who left the state house to run for Treasurer.

With 9 of 11 precincts reporting, Beaton holds a 62% to 38% advantage. All nine precincts that have reported were from the candidates' hometown of Shrewsbury.

Byrne was a late addition to the ballot. Dennis Leary (D-Shrewsbury) was the only candidate on the Democratic primary ballot in September, but was forced to dropout due to health issues. Byrne was nominated to replace Leary at caucus of the Shrewsbury and Westboro Democratic Town Committees.

Republicans pick up 8th Worcester, Kujawski reportedly concedes

Rob Eno of Redmassgroup.com has reported on his twitter feed that incumbent Rep. Paul Kujawski (D-Webster) has conceded to Kevin Kuros (R-Uxbridge). The victory for Kuros, an Uxbridge selectman, marks the first house seat in Central Massachusetts to switch parties.

Mahoney wins 13th Worcester

According to a Twitter update from Worcester Magazine, John Mahoney (D-Worcester) has won the 13th Worcester State House seat "in a landslide" over Paul Franco (R-Worcester) and Ronal Madnick (D-Worcester).

Olver wins reelection to U.S. House in First District

The Associated Press has declared incumbent John Olver (D-Amherst) the winner in the First Congressional District. He was opposed by Bill Gunn (R-Ware) and Micheal Engel (U-Southampton).

With 8 percent reporting, Olver was pulling 62% of the vote.

Andrews takes commanding lead in 2nd Franklin

Denise Andrews (D-Orange) has won the town of Greenfield in her bid to win the House seat in the Second Franklin District.

With all nine precincts reporting, Andrews pulled in 65% of the vote. Steven Adam (R-Orange) trailed with 31% and Genieveive Fraser )U-Orange) took 4%.

Adam will have to make up a deficit of nearly 2,000 votes in the remaining 8 precincts if he is to pick up the open seat for the Republicans.

Benson claims early lead in 37th Middlesex

Incumbent Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) told supporters via her Twitter feed that she has defeated Kurt Hayes (R-Acton) in the town of Harvard. Benson did not report the vote totals and they have not yet been reported by the AP.

Franco leads in early results -- 13th Worcester

Paul Franco (R- Worcester) has taken the town of Paxton in his race against John Mahoney (D-Worcester) and Ronal Madnick (I-Worcester). According to the Telegram, Franco earner 981 votes, to 817 for Mahoney and 79 for Madnick.

Mahoney was also unable to win Paxton in the Democratic primary, losing the town to Gina DiBaro (D-Worcester).

Back in the Saddle -- at least for a night

PHILADELPHIA -- We're back...at lease for a night.

Suffice to say, it wasn't my intention for this site to go dark right after the primary, but as I was trucking around Worcester County on September 14, I got a call offering me a job. A very good job. So, out of an abundance of caution and a lack of abundance of free time, I allowed the site to go dark.

 (In fact, the dateline says Philadelphia because that's where I am. I'm here on business and looking out over South Broad Street from my hotel room while watching NECN on the internet and CNN and MSNBC in the room.)

But I'll be keeping an eye on all of the local races from this vantage point, and updating throughout the night. Stay with CMassPolitics.com for coverage of all the races in Central Massachusetts.

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