Mass. Republicans took the Governor’s seat, as hatred towards questionable extremist Martha Coakley gave Charlie Baker the win: he brought it home with 40,400 more votes than the despised one.
All state-wide seats were lost to the Democrats (Auditor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Attorney General, as well as all Governor’s Council Seats, representatives in congress, and senators).
Indeed, despite a small army of house and senate candidates, the Mass. Republicans saw 89% of their candidates FAIL in their attempt to win seats in the Senate, and 79% of their candidates FAIL in their attempt to win seats in the House.
Despite the drumming, the Republicans not only held onto all seats, but kicked three Democrats out of office (Ryan Fattman sent Sen. Moore packing, Suzannah Whipps Lee tossed Denise Andrews to the curb, and Dave Descost garnered 59 more votes than Rhonda Nyman, retiring the extremist Democrat). The Republicans also filled 6 open seats.
So, the Republicans call it a big win:
– SENATE: they went from
36 dems to 4 republicans to
34 dems to 6 republicans
– HOUSE: they went from
131 dems to 29 repubs. to
125 dems to 25 repubs
So, the Dems. still rule Beacon Hill, but some progress was made, and if you check out Facebook, you’ll see the Republicans celebrating in the street, breaking their arms congratulating themselves (see MassGOP Exec. Dir. Rob Cunningham’s post, about what a great job he and his team did).