It's official: Charlie Baker is the next governor of Massachusetts. Here's WBUR:
Massachusetts’ long Election Night, which became Election Early Morning, is now over, as Democrat Martha Coakley has called Republican Charlie Baker to concede the Massachusetts governor’s race.
Coakley’s campaign sent a statement Wednesday saying she had called Baker at 8:15 a.m. to congratulate him on his victory.
Another interesting aspect of the election was the role of third party candidate Evan Falchuk. As The Republican noted last night:
As Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker seesawed back and forth in the airtight Massachusetts governor's race, each grasping at the prize, Evan Falchuk's name was easy to overlook.
Falchuk's bid to officially establish a third recognized political party in Massachusetts, though, is too important to ignore.
Knowing he had no real chance to win, Falchuk spent a reported $1.4 million of his own money to bring attention to the United Independent Party. His realistic goal was to claim 3 percent of the vote, the threshhold to allow his fledgling party to hold primaries and field legislative candidates in 2016.
Falchuk ultimately did manage to get at least three percent of the vote and was apparently in a celebratory mood last night.
— Chris Faraone (@Fara1) November 5, 2014
Massachusetts voters approved question 1 (repealing the automatic gas tax hike) and question 4 (earned sick time for workers), but rejected question 2 (expanding the bottle bill) and question 3 (banning casinos).
Democrat Maura Healy was elected attorney general, Democrat Deb Goldberg was elected treasurer, Democrat Suzanne Bump was elected auditor, and Democrat William Galvin was elected secretary of state.
For the state legislature, Republicans picked up a few seats. Here's The Boston Globe:
Going into the election, Republicans held just four seats in the 40-member state Senate and 29 in the 160-member House of Representatives. The party would have to hold one-third of both chambers to sustain any vetoes issued by a Governor Baker.
House Republicans said late Tuesday that they had picked up a half-dozen seats. In the Senate, the GOP was hoping to add two to three.
For the national legislature, Massachusetts voters elected Democrats Ed Markey and Seth Moulton to the Senate and Democrats won all eight seats in the House. Despite the Democratic victories in Massachusetts, Republicans now have a majority in the Senate and have a larger presence in the House, which they already controlled. According to the Associated Press:
With three races yet to be settled, the GOP had claimed 52 seats in the next Senate, to win back the majority for the first time since 2006.
Senate races in Virginia and Alaska were still to be settled, and Louisiana was headed for a Dec. 6 runoff between three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
In the House, Republicans were on track to meet or exceed the 246 seats they held during President Harry S. Truman's administration more than 60 years ago.
You can see full election results at The Boston Globe here.