By MAUREEN DOHERTY
LYNNFIELD — In a stunning turn of events, the governor’s race was too close to call as the Villager went to press. Republican Charlie Baker led Democrat Martha Coakley 48 to 47 percent, with 99 percent of the state’s precincts reporting early Wednesday morning.
The percentages fluctuated between the two candidates from the moment results began to trickle in shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m.
Just prior to midnight, Coakley declined to concede to Baker, sending word to her supporters that her campaign would seek a recount if the margin of votes between them was 12,000 or fewer — about one-half of one percent. A recount would be automatic if the margin of victory slipped under one-half percent. By morning, about 30,000 votes separated the two candidates.
As expected, the governor’s race wasn’t even close in Lynnfield. Based on the unofficial results provided by Town Clerk Trudy Reid, 70 percent of Lynnfield voters favored Baker (3,761) over Coakley’s 27 percent (1,445). United Independent Party candidate Evan Falchuk polled 2 percent in town with 107 votes while Independents Scott Lively, with 20 votes, and Jeff McCormick, with 18 votes, both polled less than one-half percent.
Upset for Tisei
Equally stunning was the upset in the race between Democrat Seth Moulton and Republican Richard Tisei for the Sixth Congressional District seat. As expected, Lynnfield’s voters favored their native son, with Tisei garnering 3,317 votes while Moulton polled 1,897. Tisei graciously conceded early as Moulton was ushered in district-wide by a 55 to 40 percent margin (see related story).
Locally, voter turnout was strong, with 5,385 ballots cast according to the unofficial results, or 58 percent of Lynnfield’s 9,282 registered voters. The turnout was similar to the 2010 mid-term election, when 5,600 Lynnfield voters turned out.
Ballot question results
The town voted in line with the statewide electorate on three out of the four ballot questions.
• Question 1, the repeal of gas tax indexing, passed statewide 52.9 to 47.1 percent. Lynnfield voters favored the repeal 3,228 to 2,012.
• Question 2, the expansion of the bottle bill, failed overwhelmingly statewide, 73 to 26 percent. Local voters supported that sentiment, with 4,454 votes cast against expansion and 846 votes cast in favor of it.
• Question 3, which sought to ban casinos in the state, failed statewide by a 60 to 40 percent margin. The town’s voters favored keeping the law that will bring casinos to Everett and Springfield and a third location and a slots parlor to Plainville, with 3,206 votes cast in favor and 2,075 against.
• Question 4 passed statewide by a similar 60-40 spread. Its passage will enable certain employees to earn either paid or unpaid sick leave, based on the size of their employer. Lynnfield voters did not favor passage of this ballot initiative, with 3,006 voting against the proposal and 2,244 voting for it.
Other local results
Democrat Edward J. Markey of Malden was easily returned to the U.S. Senate. Locally, Lynnfield voters favored his challenger, Republican Brian J. Herr of Hopkinton, 2,821 votes to 2,329. There were 230 blanks cast.
The state has a new Attorney General, Democrat Maura Healey of Boston. Again, local voters favored her Republican challenger, John B. Miller of Winchester, 2,943 to 2,208.
Democrat William Galvin retained his seat as Secretary of State, this time with a little help from Lynnfield’s voters who favored Galvin over his Republican challenger, David D’Arcangelo, 2,807 to 2,241. Green–Rainbow party candidate Daniel L. Factor got 81 votes locally.
In the three-way race for Treasurer, Lynnfield voters favored Republican Michael James Heffernan, with 3,019 votes, over Democrat Deborah Goldberg, who got 1,887 votes here but won the seat statewide. Green–Rainbow candidate Ian T. Jackson polled 111 votes.
Incumbent Democrat Auditor Suzanne Bump retained her seat statewide but lost in Lynnfield to Republican Patricia Saint Aubin, 2,824 to 1,963. Green-Rainbow candidate MK Merelice got 119 votes.
For Governor’s Council, incumbent Democratic Councillor Terrence W. Kennedy of Lynnfield retained his seat districtwide by a margin of 72 to 28 percent over Republican Vincent Lawrence Dixon. In his hometown, Kennedy won 52.6 to 47.4 percent, garnering 2,618 votes. Dixon polled 2,358.
In the race for Register of Probate, Lynnfield voters favored Republican Michael E. Morales (2,670) over Democrat incumbent Pamela Casey O’Brien (2,166).
Three candidates ran unopposed to retain their seats. Local voters endorsed state Sen. Thomas McGee (D) with 3,262 votes, state Rep. Brad Jones Jr., (R) with 4,110 votes, and District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett (D) with 3,232 votes.