DemDaily: Election Results! Massachusetts

September 7, 2022

In beautifully blue Massachusetts, Democrats are poised to retake the governor's mansion and elect a historic slate of women to statewide office.

In the contest to replace retiring Republican Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey (D), who was unopposed in the primary, will face Republican nominee and former State Representative Geoff Diehl.

Diehl, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, defeated more moderate businessman Chris Doughty, 55.5% to 44.5%, for the GOP nomination.

In 2018, Diehl unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren, receiving just 36% of the vote in the general election. Healy is heavily favored to flip the seat.

Lieutenant Governor
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll won the Democratic nomination, securing 46.8% to State Senator Eric Lesser 32.4%, followed by State Representative Tami Gouveia with 20.7%.

Driscoll will face former State Representative Leah Cole Allen, who defeat former State Representative Kate Campanale, 52.3% to 47.7%.

In the 2022 presidential election, Joe Biden won Massachusetts 65.60% to Donald Trump's 32.14%. Aside from Ronald Reagan (R), who carried the state in 1980 and 1984, no Republican presidential candidate has carried Massachusetts since Dwight Eisenhower (R) in 1956.

Attorney General
In the premier contest of the day, former Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell defeated labor lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan 50.3% to 34%. Assistant Attorney General Quentin Palfrey, who was still on the ballot after dropping out August 30 and endorsing Campbell, secured 15.7%.

Campbell, who served as Deputy Legal Counsel to former Governor Deval Patrick, was endorsed by Healy, Senator Ed Markey, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. Liss-Riordan had the support of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, former Mayor Kim Janey, and the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.

The Republican nominee is trial attorney James McMahon.

Secretary of State: Seven-term incumbent Bill Galvin fended off a challenge by NAACP Boston head Tanisha Sullivan, 70.1% to 29.9%. Galvin will be challenged by insurance manager Rayla Campbell, who was unopposed in the GOP primary.

State Treasurer: Two-term incumbent Democrat Deb Goldberg had no primary opponents and is unopposed in the general election.

State Auditor: State Senator Diana DiZoglio defeated former state Assistant Secretary of Transportation Chris Dempsey, 54% to 46%. Security expert Anthony Amore is the GOP nominee.

US House
None of the Bay State’s nine incumbent Democratic US House members faced primary challengers. All are expected to win reelection in November.

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Sources: New York Times, PBS, Boston Globe, Ballotpedia

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