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2018 Midterm Election Summary: Massachusetts

November 7, 2018

U.S. Senate
As expected, sitting-U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren fought off Republican and Trump-ally Geoff Diehl winning just over 60% of the vote to Diehl’s 35.8%.

U.S. House
Every incumbent held on to their seat. Former Boston City Council Ayanna Pressley was uncontested after unseating longtime-Congressman Mike Capuano. In the Third District, Democrat Lori Trahan won the race to fill the seat left vacant by Niki Tsongas.

Constitutional Offices
Republican Governor Charlie Baker, the most popular Governor in the country, handily held off a challenge by Democrat Jay Gonzalez taking 66% of the vote.

Maura Healey retained her position as Attorney General beating Republican challenger James McMahon by 40 points.

Incumbent Democrats held on to all other constitutional offices with Secretary of State Bill Galvin, State Auditor Suzanne Bump, and Treasurer Deb Goldberg winning their elections in a landslide.

State Legislature
At the beginning of next session, Republicans will hold 6 seats in the state senate with Democrats controlling the remaining 34. 25 of 40 Senate races went uncontested. 24 of those were unchallenged incumbent senators, including 22 Democrats and 2 Republicans. In the 15 contested races, Democrats won 11 seats and Republicans won 4. Republican Richard Ross was the only incumbent Senator to lose his race. Among the Democrats, Barry Finegold won the race to reclaim his former Senate seat in Andover, which he vacated to run for Treasurer in 2014.

In the House next session, Democrats will control 127 seats to Republicans’ 32, as well as 1 seat held by an independent. In all, 103 House races were uncontested with 92 of those seats held by incumbents. Of the 103 uncontested races, 92 went to Democrats and 11 went to Republicans. In the contested races, 32 were won by Democrats, 20 by Republicans and 1 by an Independent. The only incumbent in the House to be unseated was Rep. James Lyons, a staunch Republican representing Andover.

Ballot Questions

Question 1: Limit Nurse To Patient Ratio

A YES VOTE would limit the number of patients that could be assigned to one registered nurse in hospitals and certain other health care facilities.
A NO VOTE would make no change in current laws relative to patient-to-nurse limits.
*Result: No – 70.1%

Question 2: Create Citizens Commission

A YES VOTE would create a citizens commission to advance an amendment to the United States Constitution to limit the influence of money in elections and establish that corporations do not have the same rights as human beings.
A NO VOTE would not create this commission.
*Result: Yes – 71.6%

Question 3: Gender Identity Rights

A YES VOTE would keep in place the current law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation.
A NO VOTE would repeal this provision of the public accommodation law.
*Result: Yes – 68%


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