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12:03 a.m. WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER. seven
Kevin Hayden beat Ricardo Arroyo to clinch the Democratic nomination for Suffolk County District Attorney, per AP. Hayden was appointed acting DA by Gov. Charlie Baker in January after Rachael Rollins left office to become Massachusetts’ US attorney.
With no significant GOP challengers, Hayden is all but guaranteed victory in November. He was leading Arroyo 55% to 45% at 11:58 p.m.
The scandal-laden race saw the resurfacing of long-closed sexual assault investigations against Arroyo at the start of early voting. Chaos engulfed the Boston City Council, where Arroyo still serves as an alderman, and barbs and a relentless barrage of updates hit voters trying to make their decisions in the final days of the race.
10:53 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 6
Robyn Kennedy appears set to claim the Democratic nomination for Worcester’s 1st District Senate seat.
With nearly 90% of the vote counted as of 10:30 p.m., Kennedy held a 56% to 44% lead over Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, according to the AP. Around 9 p.m., Petty conceded, saying he did not have enough uncounted votes left to pass Kennedy.
Kennedy, a former YWCA Central Massachusetts executive, will face Lisa Mair, an unregistered candidate, in the November general election. The winner will succeed former Senate Speaker Harriette Chandler, who is retiring.
At his watch party, Kennedy and his supporters celebrated the results, and Petty conceded. Kennedy pledged to be a bold and proactive leader in the Senate who would prioritize the fight for workers in the care economy, such as nurses, teachers and child care workers.
“Just a workforce that we’ve overlooked, undervalued and underpaid for so long,” she said. “Investing in these numbers helps uplift our communities.”
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Worcester’s 1st District includes the city of Worcester and several surrounding communities in central Massachusetts.
If Petty had won, he probably would have resigned as mayor of Worcester. During his concession speech, he said he now plans to complete his term as mayor.
“It was a hard race,” Petty said. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to race. … I want to wish Robyn good luck.
10:48 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 6
Kim Driscoll will take the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, beating Eric Lesser and Tami Gouveia, AP projects.
At 10:48 p.m., Salem’s five-term mayor led Lesser by 12 points, 47% to 35%, with Gouveia at 18%.
The Republican race for LG is still too close to call. Geoff Diehl’s unofficial running mate Leah Cole Allen leads Kate Campanale 52% to 48% as of 10:48 p.m., with Diehl slated to clinch the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
10:19 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 6
Geoff Diehl will be the Republican candidate for governor, AP projects.
Diehl was backed by former President Donald Trump, facing moderate businessman Chris Doughty, who has never held public office. At 10:14 p.m., Diehl was leading Doughty 56% to 44%.
9:59 PM TUESDAY, SEPT. 6
Andrea Campbell, a former Boston city councilwoman, is expected to be the Democratic nominee for attorney general, according to the AP. Campbell rose to prominence last year in his campaign to become Boston’s next mayor, eventually placing third.
Campbell and Shannon Liss-Riordan have been battling to succeed Attorney General Maura Healey, who herself is expected to secure the party’s gubernatorial nomination tonight. Campbell was leading Liss-Riordan 48% to 36% at 9:59 p.m., with 25% of votes reported. Quentin Palfrey trailed in a distant third by 16%, who dropped out of the race last Tuesday and backed Campbell.
9:21 PM TUESDAY, SEPT. 6
Bill Galvin will have the Democratic nomination for his eighth term as secretary of state, according to AP projections. At 9:15 p.m., Galvin leads challenger Tanisha Sullivan 73% to 27%.
Galvin has run out of his 27 years in office, saying Massachusetts needs an experienced leader for the 2024 election.
9:06 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 6
Maura Healey will be the Democratic candidate for governor, according to AP. She is the heavy favorite to hold the position in the general election in November. AP called the race for Healey with just 3% of votes reported.
Healey was the only remaining candidate after State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, Harvard professor Danielle Allen and former State Senator Ben Downing all dropped out.
Healey is expected to deliver a speech shortly.
8:41 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 6
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8:00 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 6
It is 8 p.m., the polls are closed. (But not in Barnstable – those voters still have four hours!)
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7:28 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 6
The polls close in half an hour – everywhere but Barnstable.
A primary snafu will delay results in Cape Cod City. The cellar of the town, where his ballot papers are stored, refused to open this morning. Voting began three hours late after new ballots were hastily printed. State courts gave voters in Barnstable until midnight to vote.
About 4,000 votes were cast at Barnstable in 2018. If true, any close statewide race — like attorney general or auditor — could be called later than expected if the margin doesn’t is only a few thousand votes.