Few Southborough residents voted in state primary

by susan on September 7, 2012

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Above: Empty polling booths at Trottier (Precinct 2) last night

In a primary election in which most contestants ran unopposed, it’s probably no surprise that only a small number of Southborough residents turned out to vote yesterday. According to the Town Clerk’s office, a mere 540 ballots were cast, making for a turnout of only 7.84%.

In one of the few contested races, Southborough Republicans overwhelmingly supported Tom Tierney to face Democrat incumbent Edward Markey for the Fifth District’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Tierney garnered 69% of the Southborough Republican vote compared to challengers Frank Addivinola, Jr. with 16% and Jeff Semon with 14%.

Tierney was also the top pick throughout the Fifth District, taking 42% of the vote district-wide.

In the only other contested race, Southborough Democrats supported Marilyn Petitto Devaney as their candidate for Councillor in the Third District over challengers Harry Margolis and Charles Shapiro.

More Democratic ballots were cast in Southborough than Republican, by a margin of 294 to 246. Precinct 3 had the best showing with a turnout of 8.8%. Precinct 2 had the lowest at 6.5%, and Precinct 1 came in at 8.2%. You can view the full election results for Southborough here. Note that results are unofficial until certified.

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