Notable Results From Last Night’s Primary Elections In Massachusetts

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Massachusetts held its statewide primary on Tuesday, September 6.

The winners of various races will advance to the November general election. Here is a look at some of the notable results that occurred in these elections, according to The Associated Press:


Democratic Governor

Maura Healey — The Democratic attorney general beat state Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) 85 percent to 15 percent; Chang-Diaz unofficially dropped out of the race in June. 

Republican Governor

Geoff Diehl — The former Republican state representative from Whitman bested Wrentham businessman Chris Doughty in the primary 55 percent to 45 percent. 

Democratic Lieutenant Governor

Kim Driscoll — The mayor of Salem beat out state Senator Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) and state representative Tami Gouveia (D-Acton) in the primary; Driscoll got 47 percent, Lesser got 32 percent, and Gouveia got 21 percent support.

Republican Lieutenant Governor

Leah Cole Allen — The former state representative from Peabody defeated former state representative Kate Campanale (R-Leicester) 52 percent to 48 percent.

Democratic Attorney General

Andrea Campbell — The former Boston city councilor defeated Brookline labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan and Quentin Palfrey, the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor in 2018. Campbell got 50 percent of the vote, Liss-Riordan got 34 percent, and Palfrey got 16 percent (despite dropping out last week). 

Republican Attorney General

Jay McMahon — The Republican from Bourne ran unopposed in the primary.

Democratic Auditor

Diana DiZoglio — The state senator from Methuen defeated Chris Dempsey in the primary, 54 percent to 46 percent.

Dempsey previously served as the assistant secretary of transportation for Massachusetts, as many news outlets have reported. He also served as co-chairman for No Boston Olympics, an organization that opposed a bid to have Boston hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics, according to his LinkedIn page.


Republican Auditor

Anthony Amore — The Republican from Swampscott ran unopposed in the primary.


Democratic Secretary of the Commonwealth

Bill Galvin — Galvin, who is seeking an eighth term, bested NAACP Boston president Tanisha Sullivan 70 percent to 30 percent in the Democratic primary. 

Republican Secretary of the Commonwealth

Rayla Campbell — The Republican from Whitman ran unopposed in the primary.

Republican U.S. House Ninth District

Jesse Brown — The Republican from Plymouth defeated fellow Plymouth Republican Dan Sullivan 51 percent to 49 percent.


Republican U.S. House Eighth District

Robert Burke — The Republican from Milton defeated Brockton Republican Hamilton Rodrigues in the primary 70 percent to 30 percent.


Republican Cape & Islands District Attorney

Daniel Higgins — Assistant district attorney Daniel Higgins won a three-way race (54.7 percent) over Republican John Carey (28.9 percent) and Melissa Aldren (16.5 percent).


Democratic Second Suffolk District

Liz Miranda — The state representative from Roxbury won a five-way Democratic primary for the seat vacated by Chang-Diaz. Miranda got 33.2 percent. Notably, Miranda beat self-described democratic socialist state representative Nika Elugardo (D-Jamaica Plain) as well as the district’s former state senator, Dianne Wilkerson. 

Miranda got 33.2 percent of the vote, Elugardo got 27.4 percent, and Wilkerson got 21.4 percent.

Wilkerson, 66, has one memorable achievement as a public official:  getting caught stuffing 10 one-hundred-dollar bills up her shirt in the form of a bribe from someone she thought was paying her for favorable governmental action.

Wilkerson served in the Massachusetts Senate from 1993 to 2008. In all, she was caught taking $23,500 in cash bribes to influence her actions as an elected public official.


Democratic Fifth Suffolk Primary

Chris Worrell — Boston Planning and Development Agency assistant director of diversity and equity Christopher Worrell won the primary. He beat the city of Boston’s former chief diversity officer, Danielson Tavares, and perennial candidate Althea Garrison.

Garrison, a conservative, was the first publicly known transgender state representative in Massachusetts history. Garrison served as a Republican state representative from 1993 to 1995 and as a Boston city councilor in 2019. 

Worrell got 43.7 percent of the vote, Tavares got 33.4 percent, and Garrison received 22.8 percent.


Democratic First Worcester District

Robyn Kennedy — Worcester Democrat Robyn Kennedy, who served as a deputy chief of staff under then-lieutenant governor Tim Murray, defeated six-term Worcester mayor Joe Petty in the primary, 56 percent to 44 percent.

Petty, as chairman of the Worcester School Committee, in May 2021 voted to implement a sex education curriculum that hundreds of Worcester parents have opted their children out of.



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