Bourne election workers had their job cut out for them after the polls closed at 8 PM last night, as they worked to hand-count all of the ballots cast in the town’s recently formed Precinct 7.
Only 89 votes were cast in that precinct prior to noontime, when the voting machine failed and stopped accepting ballots.
There was no question however, even yesterday evening, that William R. Keating defeated C. Samuel Sutter in the Democratic primary race both in Bourne and state-wide, making him his party’s candidate for the 9th District of US Congress.
His supporters packed the Canal Room at the Trowbridge Tavern last night to celebrate.
Who Mr. Keating will face in November elections, however, was still deemed too close call this morning.
Unofficial results of the districtwide Republican race between Adam G. Chaprales of Barnstable and Christopher Sheldon of Plymouth have been reporting a fifty-fifty split between the two, and a margin of as few as 47 votes.
Mr. Chaprales won handily in Bourne, however, with this morning’s vote tally, which includes all of Precinct 7, showing Mr. Chaprales with 450 votes, as compared to Mr. Sheldon’s 335. Mr. Sheldon did, however, carry Precinct 1, earning 51 votes to Mr. Chaprales 48.
State Senate President Therese Murray soundly defeated challenger Stephen M. Palmer in yesterday’s Democratic primary. Bourne cast 1,026 votes in her favor to Mr. Palmer’s 166. She will face Sandwich Republican challenger Thomas F. Keyes in November.
Mr. Keyes was unopposed in yesterday’s primaries.
A second race--that for Governor’s Council in District 1--was also very close statewide. With 99 percent of the Commonwealth’s vote in, Oliver P. Cipollini, Jr. was leading with 16,734 votes to Nicholas D. Bernier’s 16,569. Walter D. Moniz follows closely at 16,165 votes.
In Bourne, with all results in, Mr. Cipollini won by a wide margin, garnering 627 votes to Mr. Bernier’s 217 and Mr. Moniz’ 178.
The declared winner of that race will face Republican Charles Cipollini, Oliver Cipollini’s brother, in November. Charles Cipollini was his party’s uncontested candidate.
Other uncontested races leave Democrat Elizabeth A. Warren challenging Republican Scott P. Brown in November’s US Senate race.
Democrat R. Patrick Ellis will face Republican Randy Hunt in this fall’s race for state representative for Barnstable’s 5th District.
David T. Viera was unchallenged as the Republican candidate for representative in Barnstable’s 3rd District, who will be running unopposed.
County Commissioners Mary L. (Pat) Flynn of Falmouth and Sheila R. Lyons of Wellfleet were unopposed in yesterday’s Democratic primary and will face Republican Eric R. Steinhilber of Barnstable in November.
Republicans Scott W. Nickerson will be unopposed as Barnstable’s Clerk of Courts and John F. Meade, as Register of Deeds.
The glitch that marred an otherwise smooth election day in Precinct 7 was, Bourne Town Clerk Barry H. Johnson said, totally unexpected. He had, in hand, the tally of the more than 300 test ballots the town had run in preparation for Thursday’s race. He said the tallying mechanism was working fine; the problem was in the feed to the machine.
Election workers quickly had voters placing the ballots into the machine’s “side pocket,” he said, ensuring that they would be carefully handled.
Mr. Johnson said it had been a few decades since he had to face a similar glitch.
A completed count was available when Bourne Town Hall opened this morning at 8:30 AM, and Bourne’s updated results were forwarded to the state. Assistant Town Clerk Wendy Chapman said she even got home to get some sleep.
A total of 2,070 residents out of Bourne’s 12,915 registered voters cast ballots in the primary, or 16.03 percent.