Lack of Democratic Support and Divisive Primary Costs Smulowitz
Richard Ross defeated progressive newcomer Peter Smulowitz by a decisive margin.
In the best of circumstances this was going to be a tough election for Democrats to win. The sourthern part of the district is heavily Republican. Scott Brown defeated Martha Coakley here by margins of 4-1 in many places. Had the Democracts been behind Smulowitz – it would have been possible to win with a lot of hard work.