By Christopher Roberson
The results of the Sept. 4 Primary Election showed considerable margins of victory in the contested races this year with Lynnfield 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 172 votes in Lynnfield. On the Democratic side, Jay Gonzalez received 64.4 percent of the statewide vote and 305 votes in Lynnfield to defeat Bob Massie, who had 35.6 percent of the statewide vote and 192 votes in Lynnfield. 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 273 votes in Lynnfield to defeat challenger Jimmy Tingle, who had 41.1 percent of the statewide vote and 245 votes in Lynnfield.
In the race for U.S. Senate, State Rep. Geoff Diehl cruised to victory with 55.3 percent of the statewide vote and 477 votes in Lynnfield. 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 182 votes in Lynnfield and 32.5 percent of the statewide vote. In contrast, Galvin garnered 469 votes in Lynnfield and 67.5 percent of the vote 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 Lynnfield, McMahon garnered 362 votes to Shores’ 277 votes.