Unofficial Election Results: Democrats Sweep Boston
Local Republican Barbara Bush crushed in bid for state Senate.
Democratic contenders crushed their opponents on Election Day in Boston's voting districts. Candidates won support from city voters with large margins in every race. Click here to see results on the Boston Election Department's web site. (Editor's Note: We'll publish a breakdown of how Charlestown's precincts voted on Wednesday.)
- One of the more stunning victories came in the race for state Senate, representing the Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex district: Incumbent Sal DiDomenico, D-Everett, had an unbeatable lead within an hour of polls closing. His opponent, Monument Square resident Barbara Bush -- the only 02129 candidate on this year's ballot -- lost her first run for office.
Bush was facing a big challenge in this year's election. She ran as a Republican in an overwhelmingly Democratic state against a popular incumbent. And she was a political newcomer, doing nearly all of her campaign work herself. But she did have one thing working in her favor: Pretty terrific name recognition. In the end, though, DiDomenico was re-elected with more than 70 percent of the vote.
- Steve Grossman, Democratic candidate for state treasurer, bested Republican challenger Karyn Polito by a significant margin. Again, more than 70 percent of voters in Boston supported him. Likewise, Democrats Martha Coakley and William Galvin won their bids for Attorney General and Secretary of State, respectively, by landslides.
- The race for governor wasn't close in city precincts. Gov. Deval Patrick led with more than 68 percent of the vote over the GOP's Charles Baker.
- There was no race for the congressional seat representing the neighborhood: Incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Somerville, ran unopposed and state Rep. Eugene O'Flaherty, D-Chelsea, went unchallenged for the second Suffolk district.
City voters also demonstrated a strong support for taxes. Question 1, which asked voters whether they would repeal the 6.25 state tax on alcohol was defeated by Boston voters: More than 64 percent voted to keep the tax. And Question 3, which asked voters whether they would roll back the state sales tax to 3 percent was also rejected. More than 70 percent of city voters agreed to keep the tax at 6.25 percent.
Question 2 addressed a housing law meant to aid in the development of affordable units. Voters were asked whether they would repeal 40B. More than 73 percent said "no."