The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 12, 2007


Carlisle picks Tsongas for Congress

Matching results across the state, a majority of voters in town preferred Democrat Niki Tsongas over the competition in the special election for U.S. Representative for the fifth Congressional District of Massachusetts held Tuesday, October 16. Tsongas received 819 votes and Republican Jim Ogonowski placed second with 519 votes. The remaining candidates lagged behind: Independent candidates Kurt Hayes and Patrick Murphy each received nine votes, while Kevin Thompson of the Constitution Party Massachusetts had no votes. There were no write-ins or blank ballots cast.

According to the Associated Press, Tsongas received 51% of the total vote in Massachusetts, while Ogonowski received 45%.
Tsongas, 60, is a dean at Middlesex College and is the widow of the late U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Paul Tsongas. Ogonowski, 50, is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and farmer, whose brother, John Ogonowski was one of the pilots killed by the plane hijackings on September 11, 2001.

Carlisle Town Clerk Charlene Hinton reported there were 19 voters queued when the polls opened at 7 a.m. By the time the polls closed 13 hours later, 1356 votes had been cast, including 98 absentee ballots. Carlisle has 5,436 residents and 39.6% of the town’s 3,423 registered voters turned out for the election.

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