GOP Wins Historic Massachusetts Election

  • 12/06/2017
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Remington Strelivo
GOP Wins Historic Massachusetts Election
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Don't count the Republican Party out yet: a GOP candidate narrowly won a special election for a Senate seat in deep-blue Massachusetts.

Dean Tran will be the first Republican in recent memory to represent the uber-liberal Worcester-Middlesex in the Massachusetts State Senate.

Tran defeated Democrat Sue Chalifoux Zephir by 607 of the 15,627 votes cast. His strength mainly came from rural areas, as well as from his hometown of Fitchburg. Tran attributed his success to "visiting [voters] at their doorstep, and speaking to them on a personal level."

The historic victory and celebratory atmosphere were on display as Tran entered his victory party at the local River Styx Brewery, the standing-room-only crowd began chanting: "G-O-P."

But, for Tran, this victory is more about his new constituents, rather than party loyalty.

"I don't feel that it matters because I'm a Republican," he told the media. "I'm very excited that the voters have trusted me with the State Senate position and to represent them on a state level."
 Source: AAN
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