Malden,  September 7 2018

Malden primary voters make some unexpected choices

By Barbara Taormina


Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley’s upset victory over 10-term incumbent Mike Capuano in the race for the 7th Congressional District seat was the big headline from this week’s state primary, but the voting tallies from Malden came with their own small set of surprises.

According to the City Clerk’s office, 18 percent of the city’s 31,958 eligible voters turned out at the polls on Tuesday. That count includes 4,686 Democrats, 1,155 Republicans and 15 Libertarians.

Malden Democrats gave Jay Gonzales a 60-vote victory in the primary race for governor. Statewide, Gonzales, who ran against Bob Massie, came out far ahead with 65 percent of the vote.

Although Quentin Palfrey won the Democratic primary race for lieutenant governor with nearly 59 percent of the vote, in Malden the final tally was much closer. Palfrey won with 1,937 votes compared to his opponent, Jimmy Tingle’s 1,853 votes.

In other contested races, city Democrats went with Secretary of State William Galvin over challenger Josh Zakim. Galvin won 59 percent of the local vote and nearly 68 percent of the vote statewide.

But the real surprises on the Democratic ticket came a little farther down on the ballot. State Sen. Jason Lewis won his primary battle against Samantha (Sam) Hammar with 55 percent of the vote throughout his district, which includes Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield and parts of Winchester. But Lewis carried Malden with a slim 34-vote margin.

And while Marian Ryan won the race for Middlesex district attorney with 53 percent of the total vote, in Malden she came in second to challenger Donna Patalano, who won by 92 votes.

Although there were no real upsets, there were also a few surprises among the Republican ticket results in Malden.

Statewide, Gov. Charlie Baker won an easy victory over archconservative Scott Lively with 64 percent of the GOP primary vote. But in Malden, the numbers were a little closer with Lively winning 495 votes, or 43 percent of the total.

Malden Republicans chose Geoff Diehl as their candidate in the upcoming contest against U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In a three-way race with John Kingston and Beth Joyce Lindstrom, Diehl won 53 percent of the vote in Malden, and 55 percent throughout the state.

John Hugo won his primary race for the Fifth District congressional seat and will face Rep. Katherine Clark in November. Hugo won over his opponent, Louis Kuchnir, with 64 percent of the vote in the district and 52 percent in the city.

Republicans chose James McMahon over Daniel Shore as their candidate to run against Attorney General Maura Healey in November. McMahon won 61 percent of the vote statewide, but only 49 percent of the votes cast in Malden.

Malden Reps. Steven Ultrino, Paul Donato and Paul Brodeur all ran unopposed in the primary and will run unopposed again in November.

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