Relying upon preliminary returns from Chatham and the Cape Cod Times this morning, results of the 4th Barnstable District race are:
The Cape Cod Times is not counting write-ins and blanks in their numbers. Because both candidates were perceived to represent the extremes of their respective parties, it was believed that many voters in this very balanced district would either pass over this race on the ballot or write-in the centrist incumbent, Shirley Gomes, whose retirement left the seat open. We will attempt to ascertain the correct and complete numbers as they become available.
Chatham polls closed promptly at 8 PM.
Individual write-ins had not been tallied by 8 PM, and so accounts for differences in what is now being reported.
For a Republican, the towns of Harwich, Chatham and Orleans must be won handily, and split Eastham.
Speaking on WCAI on the evening of the election, Maloy held the State GOP responsible for his loss by not backing him. Maloy claimed he could have held the seat if given monetary support by the Republican State Committee. He said instead party leaders chose to spend money on a race everyone knew was going to be lost -- referring to the governor's race.
Maloy went on to say that IF he were to remain in the Republican party, he would want to see a reforming of the state party. WCAI later reported Maloy conceded the race to Peake.
Later speaking to Mindy Todd on WCAI, Peake said that her first step in the legislature would be to work on the housing issue and reform the Community Preservation Act. In the district, she said she said she would try to be meeting with various constituency groups.
When asked by Len Stewart on WCAI, Peake credited her success to "Door knocking... spending time in the communities... showing up at meetings, being there and being present..."
In 2004, when Peake first challenged Gomes, results were:
Initially, it would appear that 2006 is a mirror image of the previous race, with the parties roughly switching percentages. But looking at whole number, it shows that in two years of campaigning and tens of thousands of dollars raised and spent, Sarah Peake gained only 519 votes.
As write-ins and blanks are counted, percentages of each of these candidates will, of course, diminish.
(Photo credit: Emily Sussman, The Provincetown Banner)