BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas (SAWN'-guhs) has easily defeated Republican Jon Golnik to win a third full term representing Massachusetts.
Tsongas is from Lowell and is the widow of former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas. She won a 2007 congressional special election. Golnik is a businessman from Carlisle.
Golnik ran against Tsongas in 2010, when she was seen as vulnerable in part because her district was one of the state’s more conservative. But she beat him by 12.5 percentage points.
The 3rd Congressional District was redrawn after the state lost a House seat to redistricting. It now includes the Merrimack Valley cities of Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill (HAY'-vruhl).
Tsongas and Golnik argued in debates over taxes, with her saying he would be irrelevant in Congress because he signed a pledge to never consider raising taxes.