Hill Voters back Gubernatorial Candidates: Grossman and Baker in State Primary

September 20, 2014
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While voters across the state and city supported Martha Coakley in her victorious bid for Democratic gubernatorial candidate in last Tuesday’s state primary election, Beacon Hill voters largely supported her rival Steven Grossman in the race.

According to the city’s unofficial election results, approximately 39 percent of voters in 3, Precinct 6 and Ward 5, Precincts 3, 4, 5 and 11 supported State Treasurer Grossman, while Martha Coakley, the Commonwealth’s attorney general, trailed with 36 percent. Donald Berwick, a former Medicare and Medicaid chief, garnered around 24 percent of the vote to come in third. Citywide, 47 percent of voters supported Coakley, while 33 percent and 19 percent backed Grossman and Berwick, respectively.

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker received nearly 89 percent of Beacon Hill votes, easily besting his Tea Party rival Mark Fisher, who garnered 11 percent. Citywide, 77 percent of voters backed Baker while 22 percent cast their ballots for Fisher.

In the Democratic race for lieutenant governor candidate, Cambridge City Councilor Leland Cheung received 42 percent of the ballot on Beacon Hill, Former CEO of the National Democratic Convention Steve Kerrigan and Mike Lake, who previously served as director of development for United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, trailed with 31 and 26 percent, respectively. Citywide, Kerrigan topped the ballot with 44 percent of votes, handily beating Cheung (31 percent) and Lake (24 percent).

Political newcomer Maura Healey received 65 percent of votes cast on Beacon Hill in her bid for Democratic candidate for attorney general, while Warren Tolman, an experienced politician who represented Watertown in the Legislature for eight years, garnered 35 percent of the ballot. Citywide, 55 percent of voters supported Healey while 45 percent backed Tolman.

In the race for Democratic candidate for treasurer, Deborah Goldberg, a former member of Brookline’s board of selectman, received 49 percent of votes on Beacon Hill, while Barry Finegold, the state senator representing the Second Essex and Middlesex District, and Tom Conroy, state representative for the 13th Middlesex District, trailed with 26 and 25 percent of the vote, respectively. Citywide, 49 percent of voters backed Goldberg while Finegold and Conroy garnered 25 and 24 percent of the ballot, respectively. The state’s gubernatorial election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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