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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Newton turnout buoys Patrick

NEWTON

As voters streamed to the polls in larger-than-expected numbers in Newton yesterday, the consensus among poll watchers was: "It's good for Deval."

Was it ever. Deval Patrick, who won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination with 50 percent of the statewide vote, obliterated his competition in the Garden City by taking a full 64 percent of the 17,657 votes cast, according to unofficial results released by the Newton Election Commission.

Entrepreneur Chris Gabrieli managed 27 percent in Newton, mirroring his statewide number. Attorney General Thomas Reilly, who lives next door in Watertown, received just 12 percent.

Among the Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor, the overall winner, Worcester Mayor Timothy Murray, took second in Newton with 32 percent of the vote. Deb Goldberg, the chairwoman of the Brookline Board of Selectmen, was first in Newton with 41 percent of the vote but finished second statewide. Andrea Silbert, a Harwich businesswoman, was third both in the city and statewide.

Over on the Republican side, US Senate candidate Kenneth Chase, the statewide winner, also carried Newton over rival Kevin Scott, 61 percent to 37 percent.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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