By Tara Vocino
While reading over the state primary election results at City Hall on Tuesday night, a few offered their thoughts on the election.
“In all fairness, they are all qualified,” Councillor-at-Large Steven Morabito said, who hasn’t met any of the candidates personally. “They’re all great candidates, and whoever won would have been great. I’m disappointed at the low turnout, but I’m sure having the election the day after Labor Day and in the heat affected the turnout.”
Seventeen percent of registered voters came out, with 67 percent of them being Democratic, 33 percent of them Republicans and less than 1 percent Libertarian, according to Election Commissioner Diane Colella.
Resident Dottie Deveau said for her, the turnout was higher than she’d thought it was going to be, but that many residents in all of the wards bypassed contested races. “I don’t know how – or why – they put blanks when there was supposed to be a competition there,” Deveau said.
Deveau commended Democratic Clerk of Superior Court (Civil Business) Kerby Roberson for his campaigning efforts and for working in all weather conditions, including snow.
Colella released the official election results about 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, more than two hours after the polls closed.
On the democratic end
Elizabeth Warren garnered 72 percent of the votes with 2,267 votes for U.S. Senator. There were 83 write-ins, or 3 percent, and 788 blanks votes, or 25 percent.
Jay Gonzalez won the Governor’s seat with 37 percent of the votes with 1,164 votes against Bob Massie, who had 33 percent of the votes with 1,050 votes. There were 54 write-ins, or 2 percent, and 870 blank votes, or 28 percent.
Quentin Palfrey won Lieutenant Governor with 35 percent of votes, garnering 1,111 votes against Jimmy Tingle, who gaining 34 percent of votes with 1,058 votes. There were 28 write-ins, or less than 1 percent, and 941 blank votes, or 30 percent.
Maura Healey won Attorney General with 77 percent of the votes with 2,419 votes coming in. There were 50 write-ins, or 2 percent, and 669 blank votes, or 21 percent.
Incumbent William Francis Galvin won 66 percent of votes with 2,058 votes against newcomer Josh Zakim, who had 24 percent of votes with 767 votes, for Secretary of State. There were 10 write-ins, or less than 1 percent, and 303 blank votes, or 10 percent.
Deborah Goldberg won Treasurer with 68 percent of votes with 2,130 votes. There were 34 write-ins, or 1 percent, and 974 blank votes, or 31 percent.
Suzanne Bump won Auditor with 65 percent of votes, or 2,035 votes. There were 33 write-ins, or 1 percent, and 1,070 blank votes, or 34 percent.
Incumbent Katherine Clark won U.S. Representative with 70 percent of votes, or 2,199 votes. There were 39 write-ins, or 1 percent, and 900 blank votes, or 29 percent.
Terrence Kennedy won 67 percent of votes for Governor’s Councillor (6th District) with 2,115 votes. There were 28 write-ins, or less than 1 percent. There were 995 blank votes, or 32 percent.
Joseph Boncore won State Senator (1st Suffolk and Middlesex) with 2,243 votes, or 72 percent of votes. There were 36 write-ins, or 1 percent, and 859 blank votes, or 27 percent.
Incumbent Robert DeLeo won 78 percent of the votes with 947 votes for State Representative (19th Suffolk). There were 21 write-ins, or 2 percent. There were 252 blank votes, or 21 percent of votes.
RoseLee Vincent won 74 percent of votes with 1,421 votes for State Representative (16th Suffolk). There were 25 write-ins, or 1 percent, and 472 blank votes, or 25 percent.
Gregory Henning won 1,248 votes, or 40 percent of votes for District Attorney (Suffolk County). Henning beat Evandro Carvalho, who garnered 430 votes, or 14 percent; Linda Champion, who received 248 votes, or 8 percent; Shannon McAuliffe, who got 354 votes, or 11 percent; and Rachael Rollins, who gained 532 votes, or 17 percent.
Maura Doyle won Clerk of Supreme Judicial Court (Suffolk County) with 2,144 votes, or 69 percent. There were 27 write-ins, or less than 1 percent. There were 967 blank votes, or 31 percent.
Michael Joseph Donovan won Clerk of Superior Court (Civil Business–Suffolk County) with 1,722 votes, or 55 percent, against Kerby Roberson, who garnered 521 votes, or 17 percent. There were 14 write-ins, or less than 1 percent, and 881 blanks, or 29 percent.
Maura Hennigan won Clerk of Superior Court (Criminal Business–Suffolk County) with 2,195 votes, or 70 percent of votes. There were 31 write-ins, or less than 1 percent, and 912 blank votes, or 29 percent.
Stephen Murphy won Register of Deeds (Suffolk County) with 1,582 votes, or 51 percent, against Katherine Victoria Forde, who garnered 977 votes, or 31 percent. There were 9 write-ins, or less than 1 percent, and 570 blank votes, or 18 percent.
On the Republican end
Geoff Diehl won U.S. Senator with 646 votes, or 51 percent of votes, against John Kingston, who gained 382 votes, or 30 percent; and Beth Joyce Lindstrom with 119 votes – 9 percent. There were 133 blank votes, or 11 percent, and 1 write-in, or less than 1 percent.
Incumbent Charlie Baker, who had 51 percent of votes, or 653 votes, ran a close race against Scott Lively, who had 46 percent, or 589 votes. There was one write-in, or less than 1 percent, and 38 blank votes, or 3 percent.
Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito won 61 percent of votes, or 783 votes. There were 31 write-ins, or 2 percent, and 467 blank votes, or 36 percent of votes.
James McMahon III won the Attorney General seat with 41 percent of votes, or 528 votes, against Daniel Shores, who had 29 percent of votes, or 377 votes. There were three write-ins, which is less than 1 percent, and 373 blank votes, or 29 percent.
Anthony Amore won Secretary of State with 738 votes, or 58 percent. There were 14 write-ins, or less than 1 percent, and 529 blank votes, or 41 percent.
Keiko Orral won Treasurer with 49 percent of votes, or 623 votes. There were 51 percent of blank votes, or 644 votes, and 14 write-ins, or less than 1 percent.
Helen Brady won Auditor with 50 percent of votes – 639 votes. There were nine write-ins, or less than 1 percent, and 633 blank votes, which is less than 50 percent.
John Hugo, who received 572 votes or 44 percent, won against Louis Kuchnir, who got 231 votes, or 18 percent, for the U.S. Representative.
Races for Councillor, State Senator, State Representative (19th and 16th Suffolk), District Attorney, Clerk of Supreme Judicial Court, Clerk of Superior Court (Civil and Criminal Business) and Register of Deeds were uncontested on the Republican ballot.
On the Libertarian end
Daniel Fishman won the Auditor seat with five votes, or 45 percent of the votes. There were six blanks, or 54 percent of votes. There weren’t any write-ins. The rest of the races above were uncontested on the Libertarian ballot.
None of the candidates or winners were present at City Hall to be reached for comment.
(Advocate photos by Tara Vocino)