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November 8, 2012

Grass-roots support led Tierney to victory

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When supporters were asked why they were voting for him, “the overwhelming response was, ‘I’m voting for you because I believe John Tierney stepped over the line, and there’s no way I could vote for a Republican at this point in time,” Fishman said.

“When we asked who are you voting for and why, one thing was very apparent: A lot of people in the district would not vote for a Republican no matter how progressive he is, because of national issues.”

Fishman pointed to other culprits for Tisei’s surprising loss. The Massachusetts GOP’s unjust unseating of young delegates supporting Ron Paul turned off a lot of young supporters across the state, he said. And independents and dissatisfied Democrats were turned off, he believes, by the GOP’s backward platform and outrageous comments about rape from some Republicans on a national level.

Unofficial results

231 of 231 precincts

John Tierney, Democrat, 179,603 — 48 percent

Richard Tisei, Republican, 175,953 — 47 percent

Daniel Fishman, Libertarian, 16,668 — 4 percent

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