Biden, Harris win resoundingly in local ballots; Dem reelections locked in; Ranked voting fails
Democratic challenger for president Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris won 91.5 percent of the vote in Cambridge balloting Tuesday, while a smaller electorate appeared to help President Donald Trump edge up ever so slightly among Cambridge voters from four years ago to 6.5 percent of the vote; four years ago, Trump and running mate Mike Pence took 6.2 percent.
But in concrete terms, Trump got 3,248 votes in Cambridge, actually a decrease from four years ago when it was 3,323 votes.
In the unofficial results posted by the Election Commission at around 1:25 a.m., there were 49,813 ballots cast in Cambridge on Tuesday, and 44,426 of them were for Biden and Harris.
Statewide, in results reported by media such as The Boston Globe and New York Times, Biden was reported as getting 65.5 percent of the the vote vs. Trump’s 32.2 percent. Four years ago, Hillary Clinton won 61 percent of the vote to Trump’s 36 percent.
On statewide ballot initiatives, the esoteric Question 1 passed resoundingly, ensuring small repair shops would get the same access to cars’ sophisticated computer data as authorized dealers; and Question 2, which would give all of Massachusetts ranked-choice voting like Cambridge has had since 1940, was also well ahead as of early Wednesday. Question 3 was a nonbinding encouraging statewide use of renewable energy sources, and Question 4 was also nonbinding and called for more transparency on votes in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. They broke down as follows:
Question 1 on the “right to repair.” Eighty percent of Cambridge voters approved, compared with 75 percent statewide.
Question 2 on ranked-choice voting. Interestingly, only 77.6 percent of Cambridge voters approved. Statewide, 54.6 percent of voters approved. Update on Nov. 4, 2020: Statewide ranked-choice was declared defeated by “a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent with 80 percent of precincts reporting,” Boston.com reported. “The Yes on 2 campaign conceded defeat Wednesday morning at 12:30 a.m.”
Question 3 on renewable energy. Eighty-nine percent of Cambridge voters approved.
Question 4 on voting transparency. Ninety-four percent of Cambridge voters approved.
Reelections and a newcomer
Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey beat Republican challenger Kevin O’Connor with 91.9 percent of votes cast in the race in Cambridge, and 66.5 percent of the vote statewide; O’Connor took 7.7 percent of votes cast in Cambridge, and 33.5 percent statewide.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark took an easy victory over Republican challenger Caroline Colarusso, with 92.6 percent of votes cast in the race in Cambridge and 73.1 percent of the vote districtwide; Colarusso took 7.2 in Cambridge votes and 26.9 percent districtwide.
Democratic U.S. Rep Ayanna Presley beat her Republican challenger, Roy Owens, as well. Presley took 91.2 percent of voters cast in the race in Cambridge, compared with 87.8 percent districtwide; Owens got 8.3 percent in Cambridge, and 12.2 percent districtwide.
State Sens. Patricia Jehlen, Sal DiDomenico and Joseph Boncore, as well as state Reps. Dave Rogers, Marjorie Decker, Mike Connolly and Jay Livingstone were reelected without opponents this year, as was Governor’s Council member Terrence Kennedy and register of probate Tara DeCristofaro.
Democrat Steve Owens won an unopposed run to replace state Rep. Jon Hecht in the 29th Middlesex State House seat, representing parts of Cambridge and Watertown.