September 1 2020

Burlington Goes with Markey, Moulton and O’Connor in State Primary

By: Rich Hosford

The polls are closed and the results from Burlington in the 2020 State Primary on in. 


There were three competitive races Burlington voters had to decide, two on the Democratic ballot and one on the Republican ballot. 


Perhaps the biggest race of the night is for the Senate seat currently held by longtime politician Ed Markey. He was challenged by Congressman Joe Kennedy III. In Burlington the incumbent won handily. Markey garnered 3,065 votes to Kennedy's 2,460. The state as a whole also went with Sen. Markey. 


On the Republican side there was also a contested primary for the Senate seat between scientist Shiva Ayyadurai and attorney Kevin O'Connor. In Burlington Ayyadurai received 487 votes but was beaten out by O’Connor who received 732 votes. At the state level O’Connor was also victorious and will face Markey in November. 


In the race for the 6th Congressional District saw incumbent Seth Moulton facing challengers Jaime Belsito and Angus McQuilken. Once again, the incumbent won the town with ease. Moulton received 4,149 votes, Belsito 791 and McQuilken 403. The rest of the district voted similarly and Moulton will face unchallenged Republican candidate John Paul Moran, an MIT space telescope scientist who describes himself as a lifelong entrepreneur and business owner.


In the uncontested races for State Senate and State Representatives, both on the Democratic ballots, the unchallenged incumbents both received good numbers in town. State Sen. Cindy Friedman garnered 4,466 votes and State Rep. Ken Gordon received 4,563. No Republican has announced a challenger to either representative in November. 


In total 6,870, or 40.5 percent, of Burlington residents cast ballots in the primary.


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