Petruccelli cruises to re-election

Both Senator Anthony Petruccelli and Governor Deval Patrick were big winners in East Boston during last week’s final election on November 2.

Petruccelli won every local precinct and completely dominated his Republican challenger Frank Addivinola in district’s 60 precincts that includes East Boston, Winthrop, Revere, the North End, parts of Beacon Hill and Cambridge.

Locally Petruccelli got 4,703 or 73.5 percent of the vote to Addivinola’s 1,246 or 19.5 percent.

District wide, Petruccelli received 29,428 votes or 75 percent to Addivinola’s 9,774 or 25 percent. Petruccelli had one of the highest margins of victory of any incumbent in a state race with a challenger.

“I am tremendously grateful and humbled by the victory in one of the most difficult political climates for incumbents,” said Petruccelli. “My family and I are elated by the victory and the size of the victory. I promise to continue to work in the best interest of the people in the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex District and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. On behalf of my family, thank you for all that you have done; we couldn’t have done it without you.”

Petruccelli said he felt voters had took to his message of common sense reform.

“I think voters took to the message of common sense reform and leadership,” he said. “We were able to display in the campaign the approach we need to take as we move into next session with out main focus being on fostering a more competitive job creation climate in Massachusetts.”

The other big winner in East Boston was Governor Deval Patrick who sailed past Republican Charlie Baker for another term as Massachusetts Governor.

Statewide, Patrick received 1,108,404 votes or 48 percent to Baker’s 962,848 votes or 42 percent. Tim Cahill received 8 percent of the vote while Jill Stein rounded out the election with 1 percent.

In East Boston, Patrick won all 14 precincts and finished Election Day here with 3,477 votes. Baker finished second with 2,223, Cahill third with 570 and Stein fourth with only 98.

Petruccelli, an early Patrick supporter and political ally said the difference in the final analysis was that the governor had the opportunity to move around the state and talk about what he has been able to lead on and that resonated with voters.

“He talked about education reform, transportation reform, pension reform and the fact Massachusetts was faring much better than most other states with bond rating and job creation. I think when he was talking about the issues people were listened.”

State Representative Carlo Basile went unchallenged during last week’s state election but had a good showing with 4,869 votes.

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