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Rayla Campbell Receives 695 Write-In Votes In General Election Against Ayanna Pressley

November 25, 2020

U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Dorchester) cruised to a re-election victory on November 3 this year, but a Republican challenger who ran as a write-in received several hundred votes in the election.

Republican Rayla Campbell of Randolph got 695 votes in the election, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s web site. It accounted for 0.2 percent of the vote in the election.

Pressley was the only candidate on the November 2020 general election ballot for the Massachusetts Seventh Congressional District, which runs from communities just north of Boston through several neighborhoods of Boston and south to Randolph.

Campbell, a first-time candidate, didn’t make either the state primary or general election ballots. Hampered by the coronavirus emergency, Campbell didn’t submit enough signatures from registered Republicans and unenrolled voters to make the September 2020 Republican primary ballot.

Campbell received 1,202 votes as a write-in during the Republican primary back in September 1. She needed at least 2,000 votes to get on the general election ballot in November.

The Massachusetts Governor’s Council certified election results for the state on Wednesday, November 25.

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