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Peter Durant (R) wins in 6th District by 56 votes (Massachusetts - GOP pickup)
Worchester Telgram and Gazette ^ | 5/10/11

Posted on 05/10/2011 8:20:04 PM PDT by LdSentinal

Republican Peter J. Durant won the 6th Worcester District seat in today's special election for state representative, beating incumbent Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, by 56 votes, 3,325 to 3,269.

The two men have been sparring at the ballot box and in the courtroom since November when the razor thin election results put Mr. Durant ahead by two votes, and a Superior Court judge later ruled the election was a tie and ordered a new election.

After the court ordered the new election, Peter J. Boria, a Charlton selectman, and Robert J. Cirba, of Spencer, a Spencer-East Brookfield school committee member, declared their candidacy for the seat and entered the race. Neither man garnered many votes in the five-town district – Mr. Boria got 1,275 and Mr. Cirba was only able to get support from 71 voters.

Today's election saw observers from the U.S. Department of Justice after allegations in the primary of voter intimidation. Also on hand to oversee the election process were representatives from the Massachusetts secretary of state's office and Southbridge Town Counsel Lauren Goldberg of Kopelman & Paige.

In addition, members of tea party affiliates Empower Massachusetts and Show ID to Vote added to the polling drama.

The district encompasses Southbridge, Charlton, East Brookfield, Precincts 1 and 4 in Spencer and Precinct 2 in Oxford.

Last month, Empower Massachusetts and Show ID to Vote launched an “integrity of the vote” campaign based on allegations of ballot irregularities in Southbridge.

Today, the groups observed the election at polls throughout the district, sitting inside the polls and watching people check in. Southbridge officials accused the groups of intimidating voters in the primary by challenging some voters.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: dog; durant; irregularities; massachusetts; republican; revote; voterintimidation
Down to a 128-32 Dem margin over the GOP in Massachusetts State House.
1 posted on 05/10/2011 8:20:08 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

It will take a generation of political bleach to remove the stench of the kennedys from the MA body politic.


2 posted on 05/10/2011 8:23:11 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (osama gets 72 virgins. We get 72 versions...)
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To: LdSentinal

I forgot to note: Good start, MA! Good start!


3 posted on 05/10/2011 8:24:09 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (osama gets 72 virgins. We get 72 versions...)
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To: LdSentinal

Wow! Beats 6!


4 posted on 05/10/2011 8:24:22 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: LdSentinal

Now if they could dump the Marxist Brown from the US Senate seat, I’d really be impressed.


5 posted on 05/10/2011 8:26:28 PM PDT by fwdude (Prosser wins, Goonions lose.)
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To: LdSentinal

Good news! May this be a harbinger of 2012...nationwide.

I’d like to know more about the tea party groups that monitored voting. Every polling place should have some conservative groups to stop democrat cheating.


6 posted on 05/10/2011 8:34:57 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: LdSentinal

Is the Democrat going to “contest the election,” “demand a re-count,” and “call for an investigation of voting irregularities” ?


7 posted on 05/10/2011 8:45:49 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: LdSentinal; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued
Congrats to Mr. Durant.

I'll bet an espresso that most, if not all, of the GOP gains in the will be redistricted out.

In other news, the Rats want to get rid of the Governor's Council too. Another area where the GOP made a bit of headway. Massholechusettstan.

8 posted on 05/10/2011 8:45:49 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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The biggest problem my state has is most of the conservatives have moved away.

Over 35,000 registered Republicans were known to have left the state a few years ago. No idea how big that number is now.


9 posted on 05/10/2011 9:06:07 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: warsaw44

“The biggest problem my state has is most of the conservatives have moved away”

Same thing in California.


10 posted on 05/10/2011 9:15:42 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: LdSentinal

Beat me to it. Another member of the perpetual minority.


11 posted on 05/10/2011 9:27:29 PM PDT by mmercier
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To: GOPsterinMA; LdSentinal; fieldmarshaldj; randita; Impy

More good news. Now I just hope that the special election in New York goes our way.


12 posted on 05/10/2011 9:29:13 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: freedumb2003

Bleach will not clean out this crap hole.

Even the Iranians would not waste a good nuke on this place if they had it here.

Never stop your enemy from destroying his person.


13 posted on 05/10/2011 9:31:49 PM PDT by mmercier (behind enemy line)
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To: LdSentinal
Down to a 128-32 Dem margin over the GOP in Massachusetts State House.

And I thought we had it bad in CA!

14 posted on 05/10/2011 10:01:52 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Stay focused: Debt, Deficits & Immigration.)
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To: LdSentinal

It seems not to matter, red state or blue state — in every election, big or small, ever since The won’s own, his minions have lost, and lost BIG. The Won too will lose and lose BIG BIG BIG regardless of what his media critters are peddling.


15 posted on 05/10/2011 10:28:20 PM PDT by parisa
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To: LdSentinal
Down to a 128-32 Dem margin over the GOP in Massachusetts State House.

LOL! One more election and we'll have them by the 'nads!!

16 posted on 05/10/2011 11:34:24 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; LdSentinal; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued

It’s good to gain a seat. But still a pathetic minority. They wouldn’t fit in a phone booth but maybe a clown car or two.


17 posted on 05/11/2011 3:58:26 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: LdSentinal

wicked pissah


18 posted on 05/11/2011 4:49:22 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Oratam
wicked pissah

LMAO!

I can just imagine one of my Mass. relatives saying that with their "Ted Kennedy" accent!

19 posted on 05/11/2011 4:52:30 AM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Impy; LdSentinal; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued

There’s only 4 (out of 40) GOP’s in the MA Senate. You actually can fit them in a phone booth (if you can still find one, that is).


20 posted on 05/11/2011 5:26:18 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: LdSentinal
the razor thin election results put Mr. Durant ahead by two votes, and a Superior Court judge later ruled the election was a tie and ordered a new election

Wah? Only in DemocRatland...

21 posted on 05/11/2011 5:35:39 AM PDT by Mannaggia l'America
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