Primary Thoughts On The Primaries

--The correct picks in my Fabulous Primary Predictions contest, assuming unofficial results hold up, were Golnick, Bielat, Ives, Toomey, Lovely, Adams, Welch, Barrett, Martinez, Rogers, Decker, Keefe, Jubinville, Devaney, and Campatelli. By my count, there were two entries tied with 10 right out of 15. For the tie-breaker of Keating's vote percentage in CD9, believe it or not one of the two guessed 59 and the other guessed 60 -- and at last look the unofficial tally was at 59%. Talk about a close race! 

--With tiny, tiny turnout (for reasons I wrote about previously), funny things can happen. Kathleen O'Connor Ives got her hometown of Newburyport to come vote, and that was enough to win as Bill Manzi and Tim Coco split votes in the rest of the district. Mike Barrett's hard work and targeted message to older, solid-voting residents trumped Joe Kearns-Goodwin's money and name-recognition and Mara Dolan's labor support. Pockets of turnout for state rep contests had big effects on state senate and governor's council races.

--Along the same lines, candidates who just won a nomination with a tiny number of votes have two months to campaign for a massive, Presidential-sized turnout election

--Losers not on the ballot yesterday: a few city council hopefuls in Charlestown and the North End, who were hoping for a special election to replace Sal LaMattina -- who instead lost to Patty Campatelli.

--LaMattina is one more Friend of Menino's to underperform in his city in recent years (and this on the day the Mayor pulled the rug out from under his city council allies by vetoing their resdistricting plan).

--Will be awkward: Sheriff Andrea Cabral endorsed, did a mailer for, and robocalled for Robert Dello Russo, but Maura Hennigan won to remain the county's criminal clerk.

--Biggest diss from your own party: this morning the National Republican Congressional Committee sent out a press release with the header "MEMO: MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY RESULTS. It went on for four paragraphs about Richard Tisei, who was actually unopposed in his primary. Then under "statewide roundup," it presented, without comment, the vote percentages in the open 4th district GOP primary, which Sean Bielat won. Completely unmentioned: John Golnik, winner in the primary to re-challenge Niki Tsongas, who the NRCC has been including in its email attack releases the entire cycle -- in fact, later this morning the NRCC sent a release hitting Tsongas over the new jobs numbers. But no recognition of their own candidate.


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