Five Things of Note: Super Tuesday in Newton
Here are five quick stats from yesterday's voting here in the Garden City.
1. Paul in second place - barely. Like the rest of Massachusetts, the majority of Newton voters who cast Republican ballots went with Mitt Romney. However, the Garden City differed slightly from the rest of the state in that Ron Paul was the second place finisher, not Rick Santorum -- although it was just a five vote difference (336 votes to 331).
2. Low turnout. According to the unofficial results from the Newton Election Commission, 6,480 of Newton's 54,260 registered voters -- or 12 percent -- showed up to vote in yesterday's primary. During 2008's presidential primary, 56 percent of Newton's registered voters cast ballots.
3. State committee man. Newton voters preferred the hometown candidate for the First Middlesex & Norfolk District Republican state committee man seat. Newton Republican City Committee Chair Tom Mountain beat out Wellesley's Michael Gilleran 1,958 votes to 807. However, according to a results thread on the Red Mass Group website, Mountain lost to Gilleran in the district.
4. State committee woman. Similar to the state committee man, Newton voters preferred the hometown candidate for the First Middlesex & Norfolk District Republican state committee woman seat. Newton's Susan Huffman beat Brookline's Lisa Barstow, 1,679 votes to 781. However, according to a results thread on the Red Mass Group website, Huffman lost to Barstow in the district.
5. And the award for most participation goes to...Ward 4 Precinct 2, where 20 percent of the registered voters came out to cast ballots yesterday.
Looking for Newton results related to the presidential choices? Check out our earlier story here. Unofficial results provided by the Newton Election Commission.