Vineyarders in small numbers went to the polls Tuesday in a state-wide primary election and helped set the state for the general election on Tuesday, November 2.
In a hard-fought race to represent the tenth congressional district, which stretches from Quincy to the Cape and islands, Democrat William Keating of Quincy beat out former Cape and islands state senator Rob O’Leary of Barnstable.
Mr. O’Leary received strong support from Vineyarders, who gave him 1,478 votes to 362 for Mr. Keating, but it was not enough to overcome the Norfolk district attorney’s strong mainland support in the more populous south shore area.
Mr. Keating will face off against Jeffrey Perry of Sandwich, a state representative, the winner in a four-way race for the Republican nomination.
In another closely watched local race, Dan Wolf of Harwich, president and CEO of Cape Air, defeated Sheila Lyons of Wellfleet. He will face off against James Crocker Jr. of Osterville, a real estate professional, for the Cape and islands senate seat Mr. O’Leary decided to leave in his run to replace former Congressman Bill Delahunt in the tenth.
Tom Hallahan, local candidate for councilor in the first district, won handily on the Vineyard but could not overcome the larger turnout of his mainland rivals.
Brothers Oliver Cipollini of Barnstable, a Democrat, and Republican Charles Oliver Cipollini of Fall River, both won their primaries and will face each other in November. The Boston Globe reported this week they are effectively running as a ticket with the Republican running as insurance in case his younger brother, Oliver, 58, does not win.
In state news, Steven Grossman fended off the populist-themed candidacy of Boston city councilor Stephen Murphy in Tuesday’s primary for state treasurer, setting up a November showdown with Republican state Rep. Karyn Polito.
Former state representative and Patrick administration labor chief Suzanne Bump outran Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis and Northeastern University official Michael Lake, in a feisty auditor’s primary, leaving her to face former Mass Turnpike Authority board member Mary Connaughton, who handily outgunned high-tech executive Kamal Jain on the GOP ballot.
Of the Island’s 12,966 registered voters, a total of 2,634, or 20.3-percent cast votes in Tuesday’s primary election.
By comparison, four years ago 2,671, or 22.5-percent of the 11,855 registered voters went to the polls.
Several candidates faced no challenge in the primary but can expect opposition in the general election from independents whose names did not appear on the primary ballot.
For example, former State Police Sgt. Neal Maciel of Tisbury, running as an independent, and former Oak Bluffs police officer Warren Gosson will challenge Democratic incumbent Dukes County sheriff Mike McCormack of West Tisbury in November. Joe Van Nes of West Tisbury will run for Congress as an independent.
Island voters will also select county commissioners and Martha’s Vineyard commissioners in November.