November 9 2018,  Saugus

Saugus voters back Diehl, Gov. Baker

 By Mark E. Vogler

 

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who might be popular enough to be considered a Democratic candidate for president in two years, won a second term easily on Tuesday.

But Saugus voters are not among her biggest fans. Republican challenger Geoff Diehl beat Warren 5,847 to 4,804, according to Tuesday’s election results released by Town Clerk Ellen Schena’s office. Independent candidate Shiva Ayyadurai finished a distant third with 361 votes.

More than 59 percent of the town’s registered voters turned out during a rainy election day – close to the 60 percent turnout that the clerk was expecting.

The rest of the town’s voting results mirrored statewide trends, though several of the races were closer than the statewide totals. Here is how Saugus voted in the major races:

  • U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, a Salem Democrat, breezed to a third term in Congress. In Saugus, he beat Republican candidate Joseph Schneider, 5,960 to 4,431. Mary Jean Charbonneau, who ran as an Independent, got 408 votes.
  • In the gubernatorial race, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito claimed a second four-term over the ticket of Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez and his running mate Quentin Palfrey. Saugus voters supported Baker over Gonzalez by a huge margin, 8,317 to 2,389.
  • Voters across the state approved Ballot Question 3 – adding gender identification to the list of prohibited discrimination – by about 68 percent. But the margin was much closer in Saugus, where it won the town’s support by a margin of 5,846 to 5,014.
  • Saugus followed a similar path as the state in voting on the other two ballot questions. Question 1 – which would have limited the number of patients that could be assigned to each registered nurse In Massachusetts hospital and other health-care facilities – lost 8,207 to 2,674. Saugus voters supported Question 2 by a margin of 6,635 to 3,993. The measure seeks to create a citizens commission to consider and recommend potential amendments to the U.S. Constitution to establish that corporations don’t have the same Constitutional rights as human beings and that campaign contributions may be regulated.
  • In the Secretary of State’s race, longtime incumbent Secretary Bill Galvin, a Democrat, beat Republican candidate Anthony Amore, 6,641 to 3,950. Green-Rainbow Party candidate Juan Sanchez Jr. received 217 votes.
  • Democratic incumbent Maura Healey was the favorite among Saugus voters for another term as Attorney General. She beat Republican James McMahon III, 6,368 to 4,538.
  • Incumbent State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, a Democrat, beat Republican Keiko Orrall, 6,125 to 4,160. Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jamie Guerin received 235 votes.
  • In the state auditor’s race, the incumbent, Democrat Suzanne Bump, beat out Republican Helen Brady, 5,185 to 4,643; Libertarian Daniel Fishman and Green-Rainbow Party candidate Edward Stamas finished with 426 and 159 votes, respectively.
  • In the race for the Sixth District Governor’s Councillor, Saugus voters supported Incumbent Democrat Terrence Kennedy over Unenrolled candidate Vincent Dixon by a margin of 6,816 to 2,294 votes.
  • Saugus voters supported the Democratic incumbent in the race for Essex Southern District Register of Deeds as John O’Brien Jr. beat Republican challenger Jonathan Ring, 6,065 to 3,871. Unenrolled Candidate David Colpitts received 317 votes
  • Several candidates were reelected without opposition, including State Rep. RoseLee Vincent, D-Revere, whose districts include Precinct 3 and 10 in Saugus; Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, a Peabody Democrat; Essex County Clerk of Courts Thomas Driscoll, Jr.; and State Sen. Brendan P. Crighton of the Third Essex Senate District.

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