NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Northbridge voters overwhelmingly put their support behind U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern in Thursday's state primary election.
McGovern received 171 votes compared to the 15 received by his opponent, William Feegbeh of Worcester. McGovern ( D-Worcester) was first elected to Congress in 1996.
Voter turnout Thursday was as expected by Town Clerk Doreen Cedrone – low. With one contest on the Democratic ballot, none on the Republican ballot and a blank Green Party ballot, just 330 of the town’s 10,000 registered voters went to the polls.
The only contested race was for the position sought by McGovern and Feegbeh in the Second Congressional District.
McGovern currently represents the Third Congressional District. With redistricting, which takes effect in January, Central Massachusetts communities including Northbridge, move into the Second Congressional District. The town’s current representative, Richard Neal moves, into the First Congressional District.
McGovern, the minority whip, is the second-ranking member on the House Rules Committee and is a member of the House Agricultural Committee.
There is no Republican candidate for U.S. Congress so a win in the primary election essentially guarantees McGovern the position.
Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senate candidate for the Democratic party, received 162 votes in Northbridge. Republican candidate, Incumbent Sen. Scott Brown, received 134 votes.
Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, who will represent precincts two and four in the state Senate if elected, received 44 votes. His Republican opponent, Steve Simonian, received 49 votes.
Unofficial results for Northbridge follow:
Elizabeth Warren (D): 162
Scott Brown (R): 134
Jim McGovern (D): 171
William Feegbeh (D): 15
Michael Moore (D), precincts 2 and 4: 77
Stephen Simonian (R) precincts 2 and 4: 49
Richard T. Moore (D), precincts 1 and 3: 93
Jennie L. Caissie (R): 102
George Peterson (R): 112