Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Primary Election Results and Analysis

The primary elections went very well for progressive candidates all over the state. Deval Patrick won the Democratic nomination for Governor, making history in Massachusetts. The House and Senate races were overwhelmingly positive for us as well.

Take a look at the results of the elections and my analysis here.

This is a basic overview of where we stand after the primary elections:

We SAVED 10 pro-equality incumbents
We saw NO CHANGE in 6 anti-equality seats
We PICKED-UP 8 pro-equality seats previously held by anti-equality reps (This is HUGE!)
We LOST 2 open-seats to an anti-equality candidates (who we might be able to switch!)

This means that we have picked up 6 more votes to defeat the anti-gay constitutional amendment!

These numbers are only for the primary election. These could change after the general election.

See how I got these numbers in my analysis.


At 12:31 PM, Blogger Tom Lang said...

And let's not forget the indirect support of an anti-equality candidate, Tony Verga, in the 5th Essex who won against pro-equality candidate Max Schenk.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Chris Mason said...

Max Schenk was a write-in candidate that never had a chance. He lost by a huge margin. 3 to 1. The vote was 4,254 Verga to 1,307 Schenk. It would have been a foolish waste of resources to put our people in his campaign when there were so many other winable races across the state that needed our help.

At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Susan Ryan-Vollmar said...


Just a quick note to let you know how much I've enjoyed your election analysis -- both pre- and post-election.


At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Owen R. Broadhurst said...

To call the Third Hampden District a "SAVE" may be stretching things a bit. Representative Keenan supported motions favoring a ban on equal marriage rights, you may recall, during the prior Constitutional convention. He finally saw the light, I think, but under pressure:

Regarding this latest Constitutional convention, it is impossible to guess at his intentions as he resigned in February.

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Chris Mason said...

You are right about Keenan. We certainly could not count on his vote at the next concon. I have changed my analysis of his seat from "SAVE" to "PICK-UP". Thanks for the comment!


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