Primary Election: Rep. Hunt Wins Big Over Challenger Beaty

SANDWICH – Incumbent 5th Barnstable Republican State Representative Randy Hunt was on the way to a decisive primary victory Tuesday over fellow Republican Ron Beaty.

With results in from Sandwich and one of the district’s precincts in Barnstable, Hunt was ahead of the controversial Barnstable County Commissioner by a margin a 5-to-1.

In Hunt’s hometown of Sandwich, he took 85% of the vote to Beaty’s 14%.

“It means a lot to me that people have confidence in me, and going into the general election it’s certainly a step up. I look forward to a very different campaign for the general,” said Hunt.

Hunt will face Democrat Jack Stanton in the November general election. Stanton was running unopposed.

In the Democratic primary for the 1st Barnstable State Representative race, Steve Leibowitz was leading Joshua Mason.

While Mason lost to Leibowitz by fewer than 100 votes in Yarmouth, Leibowitz dominated in Brewster by a margin of 764-to-178.

Mason defeated Leibowitz in Dennis, but not by a margin large enough to change the results.

“We go forward from here to be able to talk about a broad range of issues affecting the 1st Barnstable and I’m looking forward to that over the next nine weeks,” said Leibowitz.

He’ll face Republican incumbent Tim Whelan in the November general election.

In the Plymouth-Barnstable State Senate District, Deborah Rudolf defeated Michael Palmer for the Democratic nomination. Rudolph will face Republican incumbent Vinny deMacedo.

For Cape and Islands State Senate, Democrat incumbent Julian Cyr and Republican John Flores ran unopposed and will face each other in November.

Gov. Charlie Baker easily defeated a primary challenge from Springfield Pastor Scott Lively.

Baker told supporters that his administration has made progress over the past four years.

“We said we’d focus on creating jobs, improving our schools and building strong communities. We said we’d restore fiscal discipline, oppose tax increases and make state government work smarter and better,” Baker said.

He’ll face Jay Gonzalez in the November general election. Gonzalez defeated Bob Massie in the Democratic primary.

Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito ran unopposed.

For the Democrats, Quentin Palfrey defeated Jimmy Tingle for the lieutenant governor nomination.

Geoff Diehl dominated over fellow Republicans John Kingston and Beth Lindstrom in the Republican U.S. Senate primary and will face incumbent Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren in November.

“We’re not going to give in, we will never sell out and will give this race everything we have to win,” Diehl told supporters after claiming victory.

In the race for the 9th Congressional District, William Keating held off a challenge from fellow Democrat and self-proclaimed Socialist Bill Cimbrelo.

Keating will face Republican Peter Tedeschi in the general election.

James McMahon of Bourne was easily winning over fellow Republican Dan Shores for the Republican attorney general nomination.

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey ran unopposed.

Longtime incumbent Democratic Secretary of State William Galvin easily defeated a primary challenge from Josh Zakim.

On Cape Cod, Democratic 4th Barnstable State Representative Sarah Peake, Republican 3rd Barnstable State Representative David Vieira and Democratic Barnstable/Dukes Nantucket State Representative Dylan Fernandes have no primary races and no challengers in the general election.

Second Barnstable Republican State Representative Will Crocker will face a challenge in November from Democrat Paul Cusack.

Other Barnstable County races with no challenges this year include Cape and Islands District Attorney and Register of Deeds.

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