Tuesday, March 20, 2007

James O'Day Wins 14th Worcester Primary

West Boylston social worker Jim O'Day has won today's special election for state Representative in the 14th Worcester district. That seat was vacated by former Rep. James Leary, now Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray's chief of staff. Clearly, what put him over the top was his recent .08 Acres interview. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette has the results:

James O'Day94937.29%
Paul Shea79131.08%
Philip Palmieri65625.78%
Tammy Vescera1465.74%

Surprising to me is how relatively poorly Palmieri did given that he is a sitting Worcester city councilor, and the only candidate with any electoral experience. What's not surprising, however is the low turnout, which was only 68% of 2002's Democratic primary turnout, by way of example. O'Day now goes on to the April 17th general election versus Democrat-turned-Independent Joseph Cariglia, a Worcester lawyer used car dealer.