By Christopher Roberson
The results of the Sept. 4 Primary Election showed considerable margins of victory in the contested races this year with Peabody voters agreeing with the rest of the state.
In the gubernatorial race, incumbent Gov. Charlie Baker defeated challenger Scott Lively by 27.8 percent on the state level and by 355 votes in Peabody. On the Democratic side, Jay Gonzalez received 64.4 percent of the statewide vote and 1,608 votes in Peabody to defeat Bob Massie, who had 35.6 percent of the statewide vote and 1,010 votes in Peabody. Baker and Gonzalez will now face off in the General Election on Nov. 6.
In the race for lieutenant governor, Attorney Quentin Palfrey will meet Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in November. In the Primary, Palfrey garnered 58.9 percent of the statewide vote and 1,565 votes in Peabody to defeat challenger Jimmy Tingle, who had 41.1 percent of the statewide vote and 1,140 votes in Peabody.
In the race for U.S. Senate, State Rep. Geoff Diehl cruised to victory with 55.3 percent of the statewide vote and 1,448 votes in Peabody. He will face incumbent U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in November.
Despite putting up a valiant campaign effort, Boston City Councillor Joshua Zakim was trounced in the race for secretary of state by longtime incumbent William Galvin. The results showed Zakim with 887 votes in Peabody and 32.5 percent of the statewide vote. In contrast, Galvin garnered 2,687 votes in Peabody and 67.5 percent across the state. However, Galvin is not out of the woods yet, as he will face Anthony Amore in the General Election.
Incumbent Attorney General Maura Healey will be running against Attorney James McMahon III, who defeated Attorney Daniel Shores in the Primary by 22 percent on the state level. In Peabody, McMahon garnered 1,327 votes to Shores’ 887 votes.