While Massachusetts Remains a Democratic Stronghold, Tewksbury Follows National Trend
Miceli rout of Marchese the lone strong showing for Democrats locally
As the dust clears following an eventful Election Day 2010, one fact is clear -- Tewksbury voters do not follow state trends.
Even as Democrats were maintaining their virtual stranglehold on Bay State government, Republicans made strong showings in nearly every race in Tewksbury.
(Complete Tewksbury results can be found in the pdf attachment.)
At the top of the list is state Rep.-elect Paul Adams, R-Andover, who trounced Democrat Patricia Commane in the 17th Essex District. In Tewksbury, Adams defeated Commane, 1,909-1,216.
In the race for state Senate from the Second Essex/Middlesex District, state Rep. Barry Finegold defeated Jamieson Tomasek, 53-42 percent. However, in Tewksbury, Tomasek won a 48-vote victory. Tomasek also won in Dracut and Andover, meaning that the city of Lawrence carried Finegold over the top.
One factor working against Tomasek throughout the race was that his Republican Primary rival, Patrick Rahilly of Tewksbury, refused to endorse him.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas easily defeated Jon Golnik, 55-42 percent across the 5th District. However, Tsongas' victory in Tewksbury was a mere 166 votes.
Republicans also fared well in the state races, with GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker winning Tewksbury over Gov. Deval Patrick by a whopping 2,700 votes. However, Patrick rolled to reelection overall.
Similarly, Republican candidates for State Treasurer and State Auditor was easily in Tewksbury but lost to Democratic rivals statewide.
The conservative leanings of the community also came shining through with the ballot questions. Question 1 would have repealed the alcohol tax, Question 2 would have forced the reworking of 40B and Question 3 would have rolled back the state sales tax to 3 percent. All three passed easily in Tewksbury but only Question 1 passed in Massachusetts.
The one clear exception for the Democrats in Tewksbury was state Rep. Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington, who routed challenger Mario Marchese, 63-37 percent in the 19th Middlesex District. The margin in Tewksbury was 5,034-3,010.
Marchese has already told supporters that he plans to run for the seat again in 2012.
Overall, voter turnout was strong in Tewksbury, though not as strong as anticipated and well short of a record. A total of 11,655 votes were cast. That represents 56 percent of the town's 20,476 registered voters. By comparison, in 2006 (the last off-year election) voter turnout was 61 percent in Tewksbury.