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November 9, 2012

Democrats do well with Haverhill voters

By Alex Lippa alippa@hgazette.com
The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Democrats won all of the key races that Haverhill citizens voted on Tuesday, but the voters were not in agreement on every race.

The city favored President Barack Obama, who was re-elected to office, but favored GOP incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who lost out to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Obama received 15,342 votes in Haverhill, while his Republican challenger Mitt Romney received only 11,753 votes. The president received the majority of the votes in 16 of the 21 precincts.

The Senate race was decidedly tighter, with Brown receiving 14,474 votes from Haverhill, while Warren received 13,025 votes. Brown won 13 of the 21 precincts in Haverhill.

In the most prominent local race, Newburyport City Councilor Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D) won the First Essex state Senate seat with a lot of help from Haverhill residents. Ives received 9,481 votes in Haverhill, the most of any candidate. The two Haverhill candidates, Shaun Toohey (R) and Paul Magliocchetti (I) both received big numbers, which may have ultimately hurt their chances. Toohey received 9,025 votes, and Magliocchetti received 7,292 votes.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Nikki Tsongas (D-Lowell) retained her seat in the newly-formed 3rd Congressional District with a blowout win over Republican Jon Golnik of Carlisle. Haverhill was a strong city in Tsongas’ pocket as she received 17,941 votes to Golnik’s 9,005 votes.

Haverhill resident Maura Ciardiello (R) won the city’s vote for Governor’s Council for the 5th district, but lost out overall to Eileen Duff (D-Gloucester). In Haverhill, Ciardiello received 12,857 votes to Duff’s 11,692 votes.

In other races that affected Haverhill, Diana DiZoglio (D- Methuen) defeated Karin Rhoton, a North Andover Republican, to win the 14th Essex District’s state representative seat. DiZoglio won the lone precinct she will represent in Haverhill. Democrat Barry Fogel received the support of the one precinct in Haverhill in the 2nd Essex District state representative seat, Republican Lenny Mirra won the House seat. Both Fogel and Mirra are from West Newbury.

Haverhill agreed with the majority of the state on the use of medicinal marijuana - 16,689 voters approved the bill ,while 9,545 voted no. In a tighter vote, the city disapproved of the proposal to allow assisted suicide with 51.5% of the votes voting no. The race was too close to call at publication.