Massachusetts Congressional District 4 Election Results (Town by Town): Frank Wins

U.S. House – District 4 – General

Town/City Precincts B. Frank (i)
(Dem)
S. Bielat
(GOP)
S. Allen
(Oth)
D. Jordan
(Oth)
Total 208/208 125,823
54%
101,315
43%
3,430
1%
2,871
1%
Acushnet 3/3 2,017
51%
1,796
45%
85
2%
81
2%
Berkley 1/1 855
36%
1,443
60%
59
2%
45
2%
Brookline 16/16 15,039
75%
4,752
24%
263
1%
68
0%
Dartmouth 10/10 6,476
55%
5,046
43%
167
1%
156
1%
Dighton 1/1 985
36%
1,632
60%
56
2%
46
2%
Dover 1/1 1,004
35%
1,843
64%
18
1%
9
0%
Fairhaven 6/6 3,533
56%
2,511
40%
100
2%
125
2%
Fall River 13/13 5,654
60%
3,408
36%
198
2%
183
2%
Foxborough 5/5 2,784
39%
4,229
59%
100
1%
56
1%
Freetown 3/3 1,425
41%
1,968
56%
56
2%
47
1%
Halifax 2/2 1,143
37%
1,805
58%
64
2%
74
2%
Lakeville 3/3 1,500
33%
2,942
64%
59
1%
69
2%
Mansfield 6/6 3,396
39%
5,174
59%
124
1%
85
1%
Marion 1/1 1,163
47%
1,258
51%
32
1%
27
1%
Mattapoisett 2/2 1,499
47%
1,613
51%
40
1%
42
1%
Middleborough 6/6 3,159
36%
5,362
61%
150
2%
175
2%
Millis 3/3 1,503
41%
2,057
56%
56
2%
42
1%
New Bedford 42/42 14,916
68%
6,244
28%
457
2%
448
2%
Newton 31/31 24,133
69%
10,368
30%
281
1%
157
0%
Norfolk 4/4 1,446
33%
2,899
65%
52
1%
44
1%
Norton 5/5 2,482
37%
3,979
60%
103
2%
84
1%
Raynham 3/3 2,042
38%
3,154
59%
94
2%
85
2%
Rochester 1/1 895
37%
1,479
61%
26
1%
30
1%
Sharon 5/5 4,657
60%
2,974
38%
88
1%
52
1%
Sherborn 1/1 1,064
47%
1,188
52%
14
1%
7
0%
Taunton 16/16 8,115
49%
7,773
47%
349
2%
294
2%
Wareham 6/6 3,736
47%
3,907
49%
133
2%
194
2%
Wellesley 7/7 5,910
51%
5,536
48%
94
1%
29
0%
Westport 5/5 3,292
51%
2,975
46%
112
2%
117
2%

3 Comments

  • November 7, 2010 - 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Viewing this data, it’s clear that Barney Frank, (despite his comments to the contrary), has NO MANDATE! Three of 29 MA-4 communities–Newton, Brookline and New Bedford–account for a gap of approximately 33,000 votes in an election decided by just over 24,000 votes. Remove Newton and Brookline, which have no business being in the district, and you have a statistical dead heat.

    Despite 100% name recognition, a heavily Democratic district, a completely co-opted local media (aside from the Boston Herald and few talk radio hosts), millions of dollars in special interest money, decades of political favors, a massive GOTV effort conducted by labor unions and his state Party, and 30 years of “habit” voting, Barney Frank lost most of the towns in his district to an unknown political novice.

    The last time a GOP candidate challenged Representative Frank, Barney won by 36%. At least some of the MA-4 voters have woken up and come to their senses. As more light is shined on Barney’s shameful voting record and questionable ethics, the numbers will increase dramatically. No Barney, there is no mandate here…just a slow but steady journey toward your political irrelevance and subsequent dismissal.

    I recommend trading Newton and Brookline to Havana for a bunch of cigars and a starting pitcher to be named later. If we can’t close that deal, someone please redistrict them back over the Charles River to Cambridge!

  • November 7, 2010 - 5:04 pm | Permalink

    It is very odd that Barney Frank would claim a mandate. In the primary, he lost 18-19% of the vote to the person he very sweetly referred to as a “dining room table”. A constituent deserves more respect than that. Much of Frank’s advertising dealt with what a nice guy he was. Next time around they should just play his victory speech as an example of how nice he is – referred to universally as a “sore winner / whiner” speech.

    Barney is part of the swamp that Pelosi did NOT drain. He and Tierney quite possibly will be facing investigations in the next several years. Tierney for money laundering and how his wife’s activities affected his votes. Frank for his involvement in Maxine Water’s One United Bank dealings and also for his involvement in running interference for Fannie and Freddie all these years. Hopefully if the courts don’t convict him, the court of public opinion will oust him in the next election.

    • November 7, 2010 - 10:07 pm | Permalink

      We’ve got a post on his sore winner speech:

      http://massachusetts-election-2010.com/5973/video-barney-franks-graceless-victory-speech/

      Even though Frank won, this was by far his strongest challenge in 30 years. Bielat has had to come a long way – from being a complete political unknown. Frank has decades of favors he can call on. Whatever you may think of his policies nationally – he’s built up a lot of loyalty from certain masachusetts constituenceies that he has helped out over the years: Unions, fishermen in New Bedford etc.

      Any challenger will have to over come those. Next cycle I hope Bielat runs again. He may yet take it.

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