As expected Lynn voters came out for former Attorney General Martha Coakley in her race to become the next Governor of Massachusetts, but Republican Charlie Baker of Swampscott gave a strong showing as he did in other Democratic strongholds around the state and wound up winning the election by the slimmest of margins.
Baker, who lost four years ago when he attempted to unseat Deval Patrick sealed the deal this time by performing better in urban environments and bigger cities than he did four years ago. That was the case in Lynn as well, as Baker grabbed nearly 40-percent of the Lynn vote on Tuesday, making his wins in suburban Republicans strongholds stand up.
Baker’s gains in Lynn are also telling based on the number of Lynn voters that turned out.
Of the 49,851 registered voters in Lynn, 20,825 cast ballots, or just 42-percent of the registered voters in the city.
And in nearly every race except for the Governor’s race and the race for 9th Essex Representative, where incumbent Donald Wong held on for re-election, Democrats won by l;arge margins.
In the race to replace Coakley as Attorney general Democrat Maura Healey won in Lynn and statewide. Healey pulled 72 percent of the vote in Lynn in her victory over John Miller.
Incumbent Secretary of State William Galvin grabbed 75 percent of the Lynn votes in his successful re-election bid over Republican David D’Arcangelo.
In the race for State Treasurer Democrat Deborah Goldberg won 67-percent of the vote in Lynn as she also won easily over Republican Michael Heffernan in her bid to replace former Treasurer Steve Grossman. And, Democrat Suzanne Bump won 68-percent of the Lynn vote in her victory, beating back Republican challenger Patricia Saint Aubin for State Auditor.
In the only contested state representative race in Lynn, the Republican incumbent of the 9th Essex, Representative Wong grabbed 56-percent of the vote in Lynn as he beat Democratic hopeful Christopher Finn.
Finally, in the race for Essex Register of Probate Pamela Casey O’Brien beat Michael Morales with 76-percent of the vote in Lynn.