Results from other Massachusetts races
Democrats swept the Commonwealth's major statewide and congressional races, easily besting a series of underfunded and overmatched Republican and third-party candidates in early results. Leading the way was US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the 74-year-old elder statesman of Massachusetts's most storied political clan.
Kennedy rolled to an eighth term, beating GOP challenger Kenneth G. Chase by a margin of 70 percent to 30 percent with 92 percent of precincts reporting.
The outcome was hardly in doubt: Chase had limited funds and little support from state Republicans. A recent poll indicated that 77 percent of likely voters did not recognize him.
In a speech to supporters, Kennedy thanked "the voters of Massachusetts for giving me the high honor to return to the United States Senate."
"Victory's in the air, gang; victory's in the air," he later told a cheering audience at Deval L. Patrick's party in Boston last night.
Chase, 44, lives in Belmont and owns French and Spanish Saturday School, an after-school program with locations throughout Massachusetts. Chase had attacked Kennedy's immigration proposal as too lenient on the undocumented.
Kennedy largely ignored Chase, debating him once and spending more time in Washington, D.C., taking issue with President Bush and the Iraq war.
In the Democratic primary, Lynch was attacked from the left on Iraq, and he called his vote for the war a mistake. Lynch introduced a bill in Congress that would hasten the transfer of power to the Iraqi government and set the stage for US troop withdrawal.
But in the past two months, Robinson attacked him from the right, saying Lynch supported a "cut and run" strategy, a charge that mirrored Bush's critique of the Democratic Party. Robinson also won the endorsement of Michael Schiavo, whose wife, Terri, was at the center of a right-to-die debate. Lynch drew Schiavo's ire by backing a bill supporting the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube when her husband sought to allow her to die.
But Robinson was clearly running against the tide: The Massachusetts delegation to the US House has not included a Republican for a decade. Democratic incumbents William D. Delahunt, John F. Tierney, and John W. Olver all were declared winners with more than 80 percent of precincts counted, while Michael E. Capuano, Barney Frank, Edward J. Markey, Richard E. Neal, James P. McGovern, and Martin T. Meehan were unopposed.
Coakley will take over from veteran prosecutor Thomas F. Reilly and inherit the massive criminal investigation stemming from a motorist fatality in a Big Dig tunnel.
Coakley faced no challenge in the Democratic primary and coasted to a win last night. During the campaign, her highest profile moment occurred when she appeared in television advertisements hailing Patrick's gubernatorial candidacy.
Entering the race, Coakley was well known in the Commonwealth after leading marquee prosecutions as Middlesex district attorney, including the double murder case against British national Neil Entwistle, who was charged with fatally shooting his wife and baby.
Galvin, considered a Beacon Hill power-broker, was heavily favored against Stein, a Harvardtrained physician. Their only debate was a 16-minute affair posted on CBS4's website.
During the campaign, Galvin stressed his efforts to improve the state's voting system and his investigations of improper trading by local investment firms.
But DeNucci, a former five-term legislator, won out over Rand Wilson of Somerville, about 82 to 18 percent with 96 percent of precincts reporting. DeNucci received the support of the state AFL-CIO.