How Newton Voted in Thursday's State Primary
Just 17 percent of Newton voters made it out to the polls yesterday.
When it comes to the Fourth Congressional District race in November, Newton residents made their choice loud and clear: Kennedy vs. Bielat.
With 93 percent of the total Newton votes cast in the Democratic primary, Joe Kennedy III had an easy victory in the Garden City over Rachel Brown and hometown candidate Herb Robinson, according to unofficial results from the Newton Election Commission.
A copy of Newton's unofficial election results is included in the .pdf to the right.
Newton's voting aligned with that of the rest of the state, where Kennedy managed to get more than 90 percent of the vote and Bielat more than 70 percent.
The South Middlesex County Register of Deeds race was also a clear choice for Newton residents; former Mayor Tom Concannon Jr. took 64 percent of the vote.
Countywide, though, Concannon finished third in the race between six candidates with 17 percent of total votes cast. Somerville lawyer Maria Curtatone won the seat with 24 percent.
The closest race in Newton came in the Democratic Primary for the District Three Governor's Council seat between incumbent Marilyn Devaney, of Watertown, Brookline's Harry Margolis and former Newton Alderman Charlie Shapiro.
Shapiro and Margolis took the majority of the votes, but Margolis edged out the hometown candidate by less than 200 votes. Overall, Margolis took 41 percent, while Shapiro brought in 39 percent.
Just 17 percent of Newton's registered voters made it out to the polls yesterday, but the turnout wasn't the lowest the Garden City has seen in recent elections. Earlier this year, only 12 percent of Newton voters came out for the presidential primary and fewer cast ballots in the special election for the 10th Middlesex District.
And while only 17 percent voted in today's primary, just 18 percent voted in November's municipal election.
Similar to the November municipal election, Ward 4 Precinct 2 had the highest voter turnout of all of Newton's 32 precincts, with 26 percent of registered voters casting ballots.