Peter Durant the final drop of the big red wave

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Peter Durant the final drop of the big red wave

As Rox­eanne pointed out yes­ter­day Peter Durant won YET AGAIN in the Worces­ter 6th dis­trict this time by prac­ti­cally a land­slide, 56 votes!

If I was a more cyn­i­cal man I’d say this was the the decid­ing fac­tor:

With observers from the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice in South­bridge look­ing to ensure the integrity of the bal­lot process…

Addi­tion­ally peo­ple from the sec­re­tary of state’s office, Empower Massachusetts,and the Tea party were on hand to keep an eye on what was going on.

Democ­rats only had a sin­gle seat in play, as opposed to races that they were wor­ried about up and down the bal­lot so a clean elec­tion isn’t expen­sive, but con­sider; even with two ringers inde­pen­dent can­di­dates in the race Durant wins by 56 votes as opposed to 1.

Repub­li­can Peter J. Durant of Spencer last night ended state Rep. Ger­aldo Alicea’s tenure at two terms with an appar­ent 3,325-to-3,269 vic­tory in a spe­cial elec­tion for the 6th Worces­ter Dis­trict House seat.

Inde­pen­dent Peter J. Boria of Charl­ton placed a dis­tant third with 1,275 votes, but fin­ished sec­ond in his home­town. Inde­pen­dent Robert J. Cirba of Spencer had 71 votes.

I sus­pect the Telegram story con­cern­ing the South­bridge city clerk eas­ily cost Alicea enough votes to lose, but if you really want to find the dif­fer­ence in this race it’s this figure:

6,587

That’s each candidate’s total vote in Novem­ber. That means that 5234 fewer votes were cast than last time around.

Now I sus­pect there was some funny busi­ness going on last fall, but I’m pretty sure that it didn’t amount to 39% of the total vote.

Even if we rashly assume that every one of the votes for the two ringers inde­pen­dent can­di­dates would have gone to Durant that means that 1916 Durant vot­ers didn’t show up and 3309 Alicea votes didn’t show up.

If you are a demo­c­rat unhappy with this result but didn’t vote yes­ter­day, blame your­self. If you are a Durant sup­porter who voted in Novem­ber but stayed home yes­ter­day all I have to say is, you’re damn lucky.

As Roxeanne pointed out yesterday Peter Durant won YET AGAIN in the Worcester 6th district this time by practically a landslide, 56 votes!

If I was a more cynical man I’d say this was the the deciding factor:

With observers from the U.S. Department of Justice in Southbridge looking to ensure the integrity of the ballot process…

Additionally people from the secretary of state’s office, Empower Massachusetts,and the Tea party were on hand to keep an eye on what was going on.

Democrats only had a single seat in play, as opposed to races that they were worried about up and down the ballot so a clean election isn’t expensive, but consider; even with two ringers independent candidates in the race Durant wins by 56 votes as opposed to 1.

Republican Peter J. Durant of Spencer last night ended state Rep. Geraldo Alicea’s tenure at two terms with an apparent 3,325-to-3,269 victory in a special election for the 6th Worcester District House seat.

Independent Peter J. Boria of Charlton placed a distant third with 1,275 votes, but finished second in his hometown. Independent Robert J. Cirba of Spencer had 71 votes.

I suspect the Telegram story concerning the Southbridge city clerk easily cost Alicea enough votes to lose, but if you really want to find the difference in this race it’s this figure:

6,587

That’s each candidate’s total vote in November.  That means that 5234 fewer votes were cast than last time around.

Now I suspect there was some funny business going on last fall, but I’m pretty sure that it didn’t amount to 39% of the total vote.

Even if we rashly assume that every one of the votes for the two ringers independent candidates would have gone to Durant that means that 1916 Durant voters didn’t show up and 3309 Alicea votes didn’t show up.

If you are a democrat unhappy with this result but didn’t vote yesterday, blame yourself.  If you are a Durant supporter who voted in November but stayed home yesterday all I have to say is, you’re damn lucky.