Saturday, November 11, 2006
(Gov.-elect Patrick, with Gov. Mitt Romney, Globe Staff Photo by David L. Ryan)
Democrat Deval L. Patrick is heading into his first term as governor with strong support from Boston's western suburbs.
In Tuesday's election, the governor-elect won all but six of the 37 cities and towns in the Globe West coverage area, with his most substantial margin coming in Newton. The Democrat received 23,483 votes in the city, or 70 percent, compared to 7,912, or 24 percent, for Republican Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey.
"We had a very simple message in Newton: Newton needs Deval Patrick," said Kenneth Parker, a Newton alderman at large and member of the Democratic State Committee.
Other towns where voters came out in force for Patrick were Lincoln, where he received 66 percent of the vote, Watertown, where he received 62 percent, and Wayland where 59 percent of voters chose the political newcomer.
Of the towns Healey won, she had her widest margin in Norfolk and Dover where she won 53 percent and 51 percent of the votes, respectively.
-- John C. Drake