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November 8, 2012

Turnout in Amesbury tops 75 percent


In the hotly contested battle for the 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat John Tierney edged out Republican challenger Richard Tisei in Amesbury. Tierney collected 4,034 votes (49.6 percent), roughly 500 more than Tisei’s total of 3,597 (44.23 percent).

Tierney and Tisei’s race was too close to call well into Election Night, but by yesterday it was clear that Tierney had won re-elected by the slimmest of margins, 48 to 47 percent. Tierney’s one-point win is his closest margin of victory since his first election in 1996.

The 1st Essex District state Senate race broke heavily in Kathleen O’Connor Ives’ favor, both in Amesbury and across the district. The Newburyport Democrat dominated Amesbury with 3,739 votes (47.5 percent), beating out Republican challenger Shaun Toohey’s 2,051 votes (26.1 percent), Amesbury independent Jim Kelcourse’s 1,624 votes (20.6 percent) and Haverhill independent Paul Magliocchetti’s 448 votes (5.7 percent).

Ives won the Senate seat by a similar margin district-wide, earning 46 percent of the total. Toohey performed better elsewhere to earn 34 percent of the vote and Magliocchetti performed far better closer to Haverhill to garner 16 percent. Kelcourse, who is an Amesbury City Councilor, did not fare well outside of Amesbury, earning just 4 percent of the total district-wide.

Amesbury residents voted in favor of all three binding ballot questions, as well as the two non-binding ones.

Question 1, which deals with the “Right to Repair” law that will require automakers to give owners access to the same diagnostic and repair information that dealers have, garnered 88.5 percent of the Amesbury vote. It was passed statewide in a landslide.

Question 2, which would allow terminally ill patients the right to end their own life through prescribed medication, collected 55.3 percent of the Amesbury vote. The measure was defeated statewide by a thin margin of 51 percent no to 49 percent yes.

Question 3, which will legalize medical marijuana in the state for people meeting certain conditions, earned 69.5 percent of the Amesbury vote. The measure was overwhelmingly passed statewide with 63 percent of the vote.

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