Hunt Sweeps 5th Barnstable District, Wins Re-Election

Tim Dunn. CapeCod.com

SANDWICH – Packed inside the Sandwich Hollows clubhouse, incumbent State Representative of the 5th Barnstable District Randy Hunt gained an early lead and never looked back as final election results poured in Tuesday night.

“I’m really proud that I’ll be hitting the ground running and raising my right hand to swear my oath to the Massachusetts and U.S. Constitutions on the first Wednesday of January, so thank you very much,” declared a humble, but happy, Randy Hunt to a room full of his supporters.

“You get in this business and you do what you believe is right and you stay on track, even when you get criticized as a politician.”

The polls hadn’t even been closed for 25 minutes when Hunt delivered his victory speech, noting that Stanton had called him minutes before to concede.

Hunt opened his speech complementing the 26-year-old Stanton, calling him “super smart” and predicting “a bright future” for the first-time candidate.

“I met his parents and they’re very proud of him, and should be. I think he had made a commitment to stay around here, get involved and stay involved. I think that’s really good because we do need to have young people who are willing to step up and be part of this political process,” said Hunt.

Hunt won re-election on a total of 11,592 votes to Stanton’s 8,361, sweeping the 5th Barnstable District.

Both candidates had the largest turnout in Sandwich, with hunt getting 6,455 votes over 4,590 for Stanton. In Bourne, Hunt collected 2,455 votes, beating Stanton’s 1,575. Hunt came away with 2,260 votes in Barnstable compared to 1,579 in Stanton’s favor.

The two were neck-and-neck in Plymouth as Hunt escaped with 782 votes, just 145 more than Stanton’s 617.

By TIM DUNN, CapeCod.Com News Center

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