Ed Markey, who soundly defeated Joe Kennedy in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary on Sept. 1, was the winner in every town on the Outer Cape. Looking at results across our four towns, Markey got the highest percentage of votes in Wellfleet, with 68.2 percent, and the lowest in Provincetown, with 56.9 percent.
Statewide, Markey got 766,134 votes (55.3 percent) to Kennedy’s 617,061 (44.6 percent). On the Outer Cape, town-by-town voting looked like this.
|Provincetown||Ed Markey 906 (56.9%)
Joe Kennedy III 686 (43%)
|Truro||Ed Markey 585 (62.2%)
Joe Kennedy III 355 (37.7%)
|Wellfleet||Ed Markey 818 (68.2%)
Joe Kennedy III 380 (31.7%)
|Eastham||Ed Markey 1,059 (57.6%)
Joe Kennedy III 778 (42.3%)
Sheila Lyons of Wellfleet was the top vote getter among the three Democrats vying for two places on the county commissioner ballot. County-wide, she got 30,186 votes (36.4%). Lyons got 935 votes in Wellfleet (49.4%).
Mark Forest was close behind Lyons with 29,953 votes (36.1%). Andrews, who lives in Provincetown, got 1,187 votes in town (49.2%) but with 22,892 votes (27.6%) county-wide, she will not be on the ballot when her party takes on incumbent Commissioner Ron Beaty in November.
On Aug. 27, the Independent reported on the 1st Congressional District election where incumbent U.S. Rep. Richard Neal was challenged by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. During the campaign, state Sen. Julian Cyr of Truro spoke out in defense of Morse after allegations against him were found to be rooted in homophobia. Neal, chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, won with 83,437 votes (58.83%) to Morse’s 58,390 (41.17%). Neal will keep his seat, because there are no Republicans running.