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Special Senate Primary: How Newton Voted

Just 25 percent of the registered voters in the city turned out for yesterday's special Senate primary.

Falling in line with the rest of Massachusetts, Newton voters supported U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-5th) and Former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez in yesterday's special Senate primary election. 

Here in the Garden City, Markey handily defeated U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-8th), taking 85 percent of Newton votes in the Democratic primary, according to the Newton Election Commission's unofficial results

Meanwhile, Gomez took 54.5 percent of Newton votes in the Republican primary, defeating former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk). 

Overall, the unofficial results show that 25 percent of Newton voters made it to the polls yesterday, or 13,731 voters of a total 55,409 registered in the city. 

Gomez and Markey will face off in a special election on June 25. 

Newton vote totals

DEMOCRATS Stephen Lynch 1,754 Edward Markey 10,173 Write-in 20 Blank 1 Total 11,948
REPUBLICANS Gabriel Gomez 972 Michael Sullivan 491 Daniel Winslow 309 Write-in 11 Blank 0 Total 1,783 Overall total 13,731


Newton turnout comparisons

Special Senate primary (4/30/13) Override election (3/12/13) Presidential election (11/6/12) Massachusetts primary (9/6/12) Presidential primary (3/6/12) 25% 32% 79% 17% 12%

Here are a few items of note from yesterday's primary voting in Newton:

  • Ward 6, Precinct 3 had the highest turnout yesterday, with 34 percent of the registered voters making it to the polls. 
  • Ward 7, Precinct 3 had the lowest turnout, with 10 percent of the registered voters casting ballots.
  • Although Needham resident Brett Rhyne had an unsuccessful write-in bid in the Democratic primary, 20 Newton voters submitted write-in candidates for the Democratic ballot. There were 11 write-ins on the Republican ballot. 

What do you think of the election results? Who will you support in June? Tell us in the comments section below. 

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Choo Choo May 02, 2013 at 03:14 AM
If the Repub city comm and its ward commitees are an indicator of hos other Repubs voted, then the Repubs have shot themselves in the foot, again. Tea-partiers and misogynists destroy any near-term gdowth fod tns GOP.

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