Phil Johnston's introducing Deval Patrick--or, more accurately, two other people (state senator Marian Walsh and Taunton mayor Bob Nunes) who'll introduce Patrick. Johnston says Patrick's speech earlier today was reminiscent of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, that he was "deeply inspired," and that "we need to be inspired in this country."
They'll all be on the ballot, folks.
Governor's race: Deval Patrick 57.98 percent, Tom Reilly 26.66, Chris Gabrieli 15.36
LG: Tim Murray 49.02 percent, Andrea Silbert 28.94, Deborah Goldberg 22.04
Secretary of state: Bill Galvin 70.70 percent, John Bonifaz 29.3 percent
And that's a wrap.
He couched it with a couple disclaimers--i.e., they're still working on the official count, and there'll be some procedural challenges--but Chris Gabrieli just announced that he believes he has the 15 percent necessary to make the primary ballot.
Gabrieli's fist-pumping, high-fiving press conference also offered proof that politics is like junior high school: as the Gabrieli camp clustered for his announcement, Deval Patrick's supporters made a point of standing in the background and holding up their signs--which, I should note, are bigger than Gabrieli's--in an effort to mess up his photo op.
More unofficial numbers, being circulated by the Reilly camp: Patrick at 59.5 percent, Reilly at 25, Gabrieli at 15.9. (These are projected final numbers.)
Great result for Tom Reilly if these hold up.
Also, regarding that last-minute deal that may have put Gabrieli over the top--word is the 19 legislators who wrote that pro-Gabrieli letter a couple weeks back may have been instrumental in brokering it.
The new buzz at the convention has Gabrieli getting 15.4 percent, enough to make the primary ballot. One source tells me he was down 50 delegates until a deal was cut at the last minute to put him 30 over.
UPDATE: The Gabrieli camp was about to make an official announcement, but held off because, as they told the press, "new information had come to light." So take the above with a grain of salt.
The AG just announced that he topped 15 percent.
Still no word from Gabrieli.
Broken down by senate district, as they come in:
First Bristol and Plymouth: Gabrieli 12 delegates, Patrick 41, Reilly 78, no vote 0
Bristol and Norfolk: Gabrieli 12, Patrick 65, Reilly 14, no vote 1
Worcester, Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin: Gabrieli 21, Patrick 28, Reilly 30, no vote 0
Second Suffolk and Middlesex: Gabrieli 11, Patrick 81, Reilly 23, no vote 3
Unofficial LG results from the Tim Murray camp: 48 percent Murray, 29 percent for Andrea Silbert, 23 percent for Deborah Goldberg.