Republican areas fail to help stem the tide
It's Patrick in a romp, Bay State win makes history
Completing one of the most extraordinary political journeys the state has seen, Democrat Deval L. Patrick won a landslide victory yesterday over Republican Kerry Healey and two other candidates to become the first African-American elected governor of Massachusetts.
Patrick, 50, of Milton, ran up huge margins in urban centers that traditionally support Democrats, in the liberal communities around the state, and in small communities in Western Massachusetts. Healey, the state's lieutenant governor, drew her votes in traditionally Republican areas, but couldn't get traction in areas such as the Merrimack Valley, suburban towns, and Cape Cod, where Republicans have usually gained enough support to win statewide elections...
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