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November 8, 2012

Grass-roots support led Tierney to victory

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Tierney rolled up his biggest margins in the district’s most populous communities, including Lynn, Salem, Peabody, Gloucester and Beverly. In Lynn, Tierney won a whopping 70 percent of the vote. It was such a huge margin and swung Tisei’s prospects so suddenly that the Republican campaign was throwing out possible conspiracy theories Tuesday and yesterday to explain it.

Agnes Ricko, co-chairwoman of the Lynn Democratic City Committee, said there’s no complicated scheme that allowed Tierney to win so big in Lynn.

“It was a lot of hard work by John Tierney. He has spent so much time in this city the last 16 years,” Ricko said. “People know him because he’s here and he has delivered so much to our community, as he has to the district. It’s personal to so many of our volunteers here.”

In Salem, the passion and turnout for Tierney nearly equaled that of Lynn. Tierney got 65 percent of the vote there.

The city’s Democratic regulars were all fired up at a rally, headlined by Gov. Deval Patrick, the day before the election.

“We need to take care of our congressman tomorrow; every minute of every hour you give us is going to be critically important,” Salem state Rep. John Keenan told volunteers on Monday.

The volunteers did what was needed in Salem and throughout the district.

“I have to give a lot of credit to the (Elizabeth) Warren campaign. They had a tremendous statewide and local organization and worked seamlessly and closely with our organizations,” said Matt Robison, Tierney’s campaign manager.

“On the local level, we were tightly coordinated and pulling as a team. It was a truly unprecedented effort of voter contact and outreach.”

The Tierney team itself believed it outworked Tisei at the end, when Republicans were feeling confident of victory, Robison said.

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