State Rep. Harold Naughton, D-Clinton, attributed his victory in the 12th Worcester District to support throughout the district, with voters electing Tuesday to send him back to the House over his Republican challenger, Bradford Wyatt.
"It's a tribute to dozens and dozens of volunteers working hours and hours a day," Mr. Naughton said of supporters who held signs and ultimately made the difference at the polls.
Voters in Berlin, Boylston, Clinton, Lancaster, Precincts 2 and 4 in Northboro and Precinct 2 in Sterling returned Mr. Naughton to the seat he has held since 1995.
With six of 11 precincts reporting, Mr. Naughton had a 56 percent to 44 percent lead with a vote margin of 4,486 to 3,573. Mr. Wyatt prevailed in his hometown of Boylston.
Mr. Naughton, 54, said the victory was a sign "of the great things we're doing for the district."
As he prepared to celebrate Tuesday night, Mr. Naughton said, "It's a great feeling. I look forward to another successful two years."
"It was a good experience," Mr. Wyatt said as conceded the race. "My congratulations to Harold Naughton. He ran a great campaign."
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