Burr, Lynch big winners in primary


Canton Selectman Bob Burr soundly defeated his opponent in Tuesday’s primary and will now square off against incumbent state Senator Brian Joyce in November’s general election. Meanwhile, in an election cycle where many incumbents are deemed to be vulnerable, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch successfully held off a challenge from his opponent.

Bob Burr

Bob Burr

With eight contested races on the ballot, Canton’s results from the primary mirrored those of the district and the state. A little more than 21 percent of the town’s registered voters took part, with 1,982 casting a Democratic ballot and 1,069 opting for a Republican one.

Burr beat Richard Livingston of Milton in the Republican primary for the Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth state senate seat. Senator Joyce ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Burr won all six precincts in Canton by at least 100 votes, winning his hometown 82 percent to 18 percent. Burr carried at least eight of the ten towns in the district, for a 63 percent to 37 percent margin of victory. Livingston won his hometown of Milton, while Easton did not report its results as of going to press.

Reached for comment Wednesday morning, Burr praised Livingston for running a “gentlemen’s campaign.” He cited his own “door-to-door strategy” — 2,500 homes in “one of the hottest summers on record” — as a major factor in his victory. Though happy with Tuesday’s outcome, Burr said there is “a lot of work to do” before the November election. “I am pleased with the results and thankful for all my supporters,” he said. “I was certainly pleased by Canton’s results.”

In the Democratic primary for the 9th Congressional seat, the more moderate Lynch, who made headlines for his vote against healthcare reform, beat the more left-leaning Mac D’Alessandro 62 percent to 38 percent in Canton. Lynch easily carried five of the precincts, but D’Alessandro edged him by six votes in precinct two. In November, Lynch will face Vernon Harrison, who defeated Keith Lepor for the Republican nomination. Harrison won 68 percent of the vote in Canton.

Steve Grossman beat Steve Murphy for the Democratic nomination for treasurer, winning 62 percent to 38 percent in Canton. In the general election, Grossman will face Karyn Polito, who was unopposed on the Republican ballot.

The position of state auditor was contested on both ballots, with Suzanne Bump defeating Guy Glodis and Mike Leake for the Democratic nomination and with Mary Connaughton easily winning the Republican nomination against Kamal Jain.  Bump had 54 percent of the vote in Canton, while Connaughton had 92 percent.

In a three-way race to succeed William Keating as Norfolk County district attorney, Michael Morrissey, a state senator from Quincy, beat Joseph Driscoll and Michael Chinman in the Democratic primary. No Republican ran, but Morrissey is set to face independent candidate John Coffey in November.

In the Democratic primary for governor’s council, incumbent Kelly Timilty defeated challenger Robert Jubinville. Steven Glovsky is the Republican nominee.

The rest of the primary races, including races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and state representative were uncontested. The general election is Tuesday, November 2.

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