There is an iconic picture of Harry Truman holding up a copy of the Chicago Tribune with the headline screaming DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN, of course Dewey had in fact lost the 1948 Presidential election. This immediately popped into mind when I read this article in on the SouthCoastToday.com website:
Local voters show support for their own in primary
September 16, 2010 11:47 AM
By JANE LOPES
Lakeville and Middleboro voters gave "their" candidates — one running unopposed and one in a rare Republican primary contest — a show of support Tuesday.
Lakeville Selectman Derek Maksy, the lone Republican candidate for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Joan Menard (D-Somerset), received 564 votes in Tuesday's state primary with a total of 677 requesting Republican ballots.
In the November general election, Mr. Maksy will challenge Michael Coogan, a Freetown resident and Fall River firefighter who won over three other candidates on the Democratic ticket.
In a contest to choose a successor to state Rep. John Quinn (D-Dartmouth), Christopher Markey, son of former New Bedford Mayor and retired District Court Judge John A. Markey, won the Democratic nomination Tuesday for representative from the 9th Bristol District. Mr. Marky also topped the others in Lakeville with 75 votes and will face off against Republican Joseph Michaud in November.
Rep. Quinn is running for Bristol County sheriff in November. His House district includes Precinct 1 in Lakeville.
A total of 1,205 of the town's 6,938 voters went to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in an election with few contests.
In Middleboro, voters in precincts 1 and 5 gave local resident Ben Quelle, a newcomer to politics, a boost with 455 votes to 137 for fellow Republican Joseph Truschelli of Plymouth. But Mr. Truschelli was the winner district-wide and will challenge Rep. Thomas Calter (D-Kingston) for the 12th Plymouth District seat in the fall. Mr. Truschelli is also new to state politics.
A total of 2,137 of Middleboro's 15,566 registered voters, or 13 percent, turned out for the primary.
I can only hope that Lakeville and Middleboro Democrats are better informed come election day!