Voters in Bourne went for their hometown candidate in the special Plymouth & Barnstable Senatorial District election Tuesday, May 19. Republican James R. (Jay) McMahon III narrowly defeated Democrat Susan L. Moran of Falmouth in Bourne. However, Ms. Moran won the overall election to fill state Senator Viriato (Vinny) M. deMacedo’s seat.
Bourne Town Clerk Barry H. Johnson reported that Mr. McMahon received 1,476 votes to Ms. Moran’s 1,407 votes. Mr. Johnson said that Mr. McMahon won 51.09 percent of the vote in Bourne, compared with Ms. Moran’s tally of 48.7 percent.
A total of 2,889 of the town’s 14,478 registered voters turned out at the polls, which represents a voter turnout percentage of 19.95, Mr. Johnson said.
Mr. McMahon’s strength came in districts 2 and 3, where he won 61.11 and 65.47 percent of the vote, respectively.
Ms. Moran was strong in districts 4, 5 and 6, where she earned 54.03 percent, 55.26 percent and 58.91 percent.
In the overall election, Ms. Moran won by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. She won 10,780 votes, while Mr. McMahon received 8,927 votes. Her hometown of Falmouth provided a large amount of the winning margin. She won there by nearly 2,300 votes.
Mr. deMacedo retired from the state senate last October to become director of regional partnerships at Bridgewater State University.
The Plymouth & Barnstable District seat encompasses the towns of Falmouth, Sandwich and Bourne in Barnstable County, and Kingston, Pembroke, and Plymouth in Plymouth County.
The election had been delayed for nearly two months due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.