By John Lynds
East Boston voters headed to the polls last Tuesday during the Massachusetts Presidential Primary and Hilary Clinton narrowly beat Bernie Sanders both here and throughout the state.
In Eastie, Clinton edged out Sanders by only 114 votes. By the time the polls closed Clinton ended the night with 2,625 votes and Sanders finished with 2,511 votes here in Eastie. Sanders did very well among Eastie progressives and millennials beating Clinton in Precincts 1, 4, 6, and 12 and kept the race tight in the neighborhood’s other 10 precincts.
Clinton, who received endorsements from Mayor Martin Walsh and whose husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, was spotted around Boston campaigning on her behalf. With a healthy voter turnout in Boston, citywide Clinton received 71,422 votes (57.39 percent) to Sanders 51,524 votes (41.4 percent). Total voter turnout in Boston was 124,441 votes.
While Clinton won by big margins in urban areas of the Commonwealth like Boston, Worcester and Springfield, Sanders closed the gap statewide and kept it close winning by large margins in Western Mass.
Statewide, only 17,240 votes, or roughly one percent, separated Clinton and Sanders. Clinton ended the night with 600,041 votes (50 percent) to Sanders’ 582,801 votes (49 percent).
Over on the Republican ticket Donald Trump finished with 785 votes in Eastie far ahead of the other Republican challengers.
Eastie resident Gabriella Coletta was elected Democratic State Committeewoman last Tuesday amassing an impressive vote in Eastie. Coletta, who will represent the First Suffolk and Middlesex district received 2,952 votes from Eastie voters. District wide Coletta received 15,800 votes from voters in Boston, Revere, Winthrop and parts of Cambridge.
“I’m happy to be the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex Senate districts Democratic State Committeewoman,” said Coletta. “I want to humbly thank everyone for coming out to vote yesterday, for spreading the word, and for being as supportive as you were. Although unopposed, putting your name on a ballot is daunting and nerve-wracking, but exciting experience all the same. I encourage everyone to get involved no matter how old or young you may be. I look forward to collaborating and working with the Massachusetts Democratic Party and local groups to elect democratic candidates around the Commonwealth.”
Voters also approved the eight men, eight woman and three alternates elected by the Ward I Democratic Committee two weeks ago.