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Democrat Wins Fourth Essex District For The First Time Since 1858

December 1, 2021

A Democrat had not won the Fourth Essex District in Massachusetts since 1858 — until last night.

Democrat Jamie Belsito of Topsfield defeated Rowley Republican selectman Robert Snow in a special election on Tuesday, November 30, according to Ipswich Local News. The race took place to fill the seat vacated by former state representative Brad Hill (R-Ipswich), who stepped down in September to take a job as a a commissioner with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Belsito got 55.4 percent of the vote while Snow got 44.6 percent. It was a low turnout election, with about 15 percent of voters showing up.

Belsito primaried U.S. Representative Seth Moulton (D-Salem) last year and got 12.2 percent of the vote to his 78 percent.

Now, the Democratic Party has 130 state representatives, the Republican Party has 29, and there is one unenrolled.


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