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Wilkerson pulls out Senate victory, after primary recount, financial troubles

Dianne Wilkerson announced her victory in Suffolk County's second district Senate race at her headquarters.
Dianne Wilkerson announced her victory in Suffolk County's second district Senate race at her headquarters. (Globe Staff Photo / Matthew J. Lee)

State Senator Dianne Wilkerson of Boston was reelected yesterday, overcoming a series of financial problems and a recount in the Democratic primary.

Wilkerson, a Democrat, easily defeated Republican Samiyah Diaz. With 86 percent of precincts reporting, Wilkerson had 71 percent of the vote to Diaz's 29 percent, according to the Associated Press.

Wilkerson had to fight for her political life after she failed this year to collect the usually routine 300 signatures to get on the ballot. She was challenged in the primary by Democrat Sonia Chang-Diaz and Diaz, who like Wilkerson had to run write-in or sticker campaigns.

Wilkerson is a seven-term incumbent in the Second Suffolk District, which includes Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Chinatown, Fenway, Roxbury, the South End, and parts of the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Dorchester, and Mattapan.

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