Excitement But No Surprises

Published by Chris Wangler- November 3, 2020.

Strong turnout (78%) in Waltham on election day as Democratic incumbents won every race, several unopposed.
In the race for president, Waltham voters overwhelmingly chose former vice president Joe Biden (19,847) over president Donald Trump (7,624).
The only real unknowns in Waltham were the ballot questions and a state house race between two familiar Waltham faces in the Ninth Middlesex District, which covers Lincoln and parts of Waltham.
Longtime Democratic state rep Tom Stanley easily won the Waltham vote by a significant margin (12,281 to 4,784) over fellow Waltham city councilor George Darcy, who ran as an independent.
The district also represents Lincoln, where Stanley has strong support from previous campaign cycles.
All the other Massachusetts Democratic incumbents won in Waltham and elsewhere, including U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, State Sen. Mike Barrett and State Rep. John Lawn.
On Ballot Question 1, covering auto right-to-repair, 20,270 Waltham voters said yes and only 6,612 voted no. The yes campaign has claimed victory statewide, but the results are not yet official.
Meanwhile, Ballot Question 2 about ranked choice voting was too close to call. Waltham voters were in favor of the new voting system by a margin of 13,608 to 12,860.
All results are unofficial. Some additional ballots will arrive in the coming days and will be tallied on Saturday, November 7 by Waltham election officials.