BOSTON -- As U.S Rep. John Tierney declared victory in the 6th Essex Congressional District, questions about whether Republican Richard Tisei will challenge some votes and call for a recount remained unanswered Wednesday morning.
Tisei has not conceded the race but a Tierney campaign aide said Wednesday that Tisei lost by about 5,000 votes and that Tierney felt comfortable declaring himself the winner at about 1 a.m. Tisei aides said late Tuesday night that they’d be available in the morning but they did not respond to inquiries.
Tierney’s apparent victory surprised some who expected Tisei to beat the Salem Democrat plagued this election cycle by a family gambling scandal that dominated the campaign. But Tierney managed to narrowly defeat Tisei in the contentious battle, pulling in 48 percent of the vote to Tisei’s 47 percent. A third candidate, Libertarian Daniel Fishman, was a factor in the race, attracting more than 16,600 votes.
Tierney, likely buoyed by voters turning out to support Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and President Barack Obama, won in the district’s largest communities such as Lynn, Beverly, Peabody and Gloucester.
As results trickled in after midnight, Tisei campaign manager Paul Moore said the race was too close to concede defeat, and suggested they planned to look at voting in Lynn, where they said they heard several reports of voter “irregularities.” Moore alleged voter intimidation, saying there were unidentified people standing outside of polling places telling voters “if they wanted to continue to get their welfare checks,” they should vote a certain way. Moore also alleged a lack of communication with Lynn town officials.
A spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin said Wednesday that Tisei has not filed a complaint.
“What they are complaining about happened outside the polling place. If they had a problem with it they would take it up with police,” said Brian McNiff, a Galvin spokesman. “There were no complaints made yesterday about anything regarding what they are alleging out in Lynn.”