GOP FUTILITY CONTINUES IN RACES FOR FOUR STATEWIDE OFFICES
By Michael P. Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
NOV. 6, 2018....Massachusetts Republicans on Tuesday extended their long drought in races for attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer, powerful offices that the GOP has been shut out of for 20 years.
Voters granted new four-year terms, beginning in January, to Secretary of State William Galvin, Attorney General Maura Healey, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and Auditor Suzanne Bump. With nearly 40 percent of the vote counted, the Democrats were rolling to re-election - Galvin had more than 70 percent of the votes cast in his race, Healey 69 percent, Goldberg 67 percent and Bump 61 percent.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who mostly focused on his own race, touted his bipartisan leanings and easily won a second term, was unable as his party's ticket topper to create any energy around the slate of statewide GOP candidates that he endorsed, including losing U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Geoff Diehl.
Galvin won a seventh term, defeating Republican Anthony Amore. If he serves out his next term, Galvin would tie Republican Frederic Cook for years in that office, at 28. Ironically, Cook was the last Republican secretary of state and held that office during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.
Amore joins David D'Arcangelo, William Campbell, Jack E. Robinson III, Dale Jenkins Jr. and Arthur Chase as Republicans who came up short against Galvin.
After the polls closed Tuesday, Amore said one thing he heard often from voters was that the ballot itself seemed "slanted towards incumbents," who are listed first and labeled as candidates for re-election.
"As a person who's challenging a longtime incumbent, you feel like, 'Man, how do you compete against this?" It's such a machine, it's such entrenched power, and I think that's something we have to think about changing," Amore told the News Service at Baker's election night party.
The most recent Republican to hold one of the four statewide offices, Joe Malone, ran the state Treasury during the 1990s. Goldberg, who turned back Rep. Keiko Orrall of Lakeville to win a second term, is the fourth Democrat to hold the treasurer's post since Malone left office to run for governor in 1998.
"We have proven yet again that our Democratic values are going to prevail in this state. We are going to lead the nation in what it means to be a loving, embracing and enormously caring group of people," Goldberg said Tuesday night.
"It is such an honor to serve all of you, it is such an honor to be your treasurer of the state of Massachusetts, where every day I get a chance to create economic stability, economic opportunity, and economic empowerment -- economic empowerment for those who have never had it before."
Other Republican candidates for state treasurer in recent years include Robert Maginn, Dan Grabauskas and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.
Elliot Richardson was the last Republican attorney general in Massachusetts, in 1969. Maura Healey, the seventh consecutive Democrat to hold the office in the intervening years, easily defeated Republican Jay McMahon, a Bourne attorney and President Trump supporter.
"In this second term, I will wake up every morning ready to fight as hard as I can," Healey said Tuesday night.
Healey added, "As we move forward, we're going to defend universal health care, we're going to make sure that women always have access to the health care they need, we're going to protect our air, our water and our planet for the next generation. We're going to keeep standing up to the NRA."
With Bump's win over Republican Helen Brady, Democrats are poised to extend a nearly 90-year hold on the state auditor's office. The last Republican auditor was Alonzo Cook, who held the office from 1915 until 1931. In the ensuing 87 years, only seven Democrats have served as state auditor.
Discussing the election results on New England Cable News, former state Republican Party chair Jennifer Nassour found a silver lining.
"We had I would say probably the best candiates running statewide that I have seen in a really long time, maybe since 2010 when I was chair," she said. "I find it really refreshing to see that Anthony Amore and Keiko Orrall and Helen Brady - I mean real solid good people - and you know kudos to them and to our congressional candidates who were all good people, ran good races, ran solid races, and maybe there's an opportunity for them the next time to run again."
In addition to Sen. Elizabeth Warren's win over Diehl, Democrats on Tuesday again swept all nine contests for U.S. House seats in Massachusetts, adding Ayanna Pressley of Boston and Lori Trahan of Westford to the delegation.
[Katie Lannan and Colin Young contributed reporting]
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