The Commonwealth of Massachusetts voted on Tuesday, and in those 2018 Massachusetts primary results, both parties delivered big majorities for their gubernatorial candidates. Only one of those parties gave a big electoral surprise in another vote.
In addition to the governor’s race, voters picked candidates for US Senate, the various House races, and other state and local offices.
2018 Massachusetts Primary Results: Massachusetts Governor
Democratic Gubernatorial Primary
The Democratic primary was the key race as the one without the benefit of incumbency. Winning in a landslide was Jay Gonzalez, a Needham resident who was a cabinet secretary under former governor Deval Patrick. Gonzalez won the party’s endorsement at the state’s Democratic Convention, and likewise won the vote of the party at large.
Mr. Gonzalez led the vote count in every county of the commonwealth. With 65 percent reporting, he took 65.8 percent of the vote to Bob Massie’s 34.2 percent; the final results looked a lot like that.
Republican Gubernatorial Primary
Jay Gonzalez will take on the incumbent governor, Charlie Baker (R), in November’s election. Surprisingly, despite Massachusetts being as blue as a state gets, Baker is considered the favorite. The Bay State has had more than flirtations with Republican governors over the last 30 years; in fact, most of the commonwealth’s recent governors have been from the GOP. For those in need of a history lesson, they are, since 1991: Bill Weld, Paul Cellucci, Jane Swift, Mitt Romney, and now Baker.
So far, Deval Patrick has been the only Democratic governor since Michael Dukakis left office and was succeeded by Weld. It’s an interesting quirk for a state which primarily votes Democratic.
Baker defeated Springfield pastor Scott Lively, the latter of whom has made national and international headlines for his stance on homosexuality. Lively positioned himself as a pro-Trump alternative to Baker, while the governor has not shied away from criticism of President Donald Trump.
Like Gonzalez, Baker won in every county. The governor had 64.8 percent of the vote with 65 percent reporting, and ended the night with just under 64.
2018 Massachusetts Primary Results: Other Statewide Offices
Democrats closely watched the race for Secretary of State. The post is currently held by Bill Galvin, who has been Secretary of the Commonwealth since the 1994 election. He has never had a close call in the general election for this post, but some believed he might be at risk in the Democratic primary. His challenger was Boston city councillor Josh Zakim, who ran on a progressive platform. Shockingly, Zakim narrowly won the endorsement of the Democratic State Convention in June.
The voters, however, did not hand it to Zakim. Galvin was renominated in a landslide. With 63 percent in, Galvin had 67.3 percent of the statewide vote, and will be a heavy favorite in November.
In other notable statewide elections, Republicans nominated attorney Jay McMahon to face Attorney General Maura Healey (D) in November. Democrats chose former Obama aide Quentin Palfrey as their nominee for Lieutenant Governor over comedian Jimmy Tingle.
2018 Massachusetts Primary Results: US Senate Republican Primary
In the three-way US Senate primary to face Elizabeth Warren (D), Republicans nominated Geoff Diehl. He is the current represenative for the 7th Plymouth District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, which includes the towns of Abington, Whitman, and East Bridgewater on the South Shore. Diehl was first elected for this district in 2010. He unsuccessfully ran for State Senate in a 2015 special election.
Mr. Diehl defeated attorney John Kingston and Beth Lindstrom, who among other posts has been executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party and was the former executive director of the Massachusetts State Lottery. She also served in Mitt Romney’s administration.
Elizabeth Warren ran unopposed for renomination and is the favorite in her run for re-election.
2018 Massachusetts Primary Results: US House Races
Massachusetts 7th Congressional District was one of the biggest stories of the night. Boston city councilwoman Ayanna Pressley defeated longtime representative Mike Capuano. Pressley, a councillor at-large in the city, is now guaranteed an unopposed election in November. She ran on a progressive platform herself, though Capuano could boast one of his own.
Much of the City of Boston is included in MA-07, plus parts of Cambridge, Somerville, Milton, and Randolph. It is a minority-majority district.
All other sitting members of Congress were nominated. In the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District, an open seat, Democrats were on track to pick businesswoman Lori Trahan as their nominee, though in a very close race. She fought her way through a 10-way primary, while Rick Green was the uncontested Republican nominee.
Daniel Koh was just 52 votes behind her when all the votes were counted; a recount is likely.
Republicans have not held a House seat in Massachusetts since Peter Torkildsen and Peter Blute each lost in 1996.
2018 Massachusetts Primary Results: Other Notable Results
While in the State Senate, all incumbents running were renominated, this was not the case in the House. Byron Rushing was the apparent loser in the Democratic primary in the 9th Suffolk District against Jon Santiago.