In extremely close balloting throughout the sprawling senatorial district, State Senator Sal DiDomenico beat Cambridge Attorney Tim Flaherty by 170 votes.
In unofficial results from all the cities and towns, an estimated 13,000 voters cast ballots.
Again, unofficial results show DiDomenico with 6,288 votes to Flaherty’s 6,118.
“I am proud and pleased,” Senator DiDomenico said. “The people have spoken. We campaigned hard and it paid off,” he added.
Everett turned out more heavily than expected.
Cambridge did not come out as heavily as expected.
“We fought the good fight,” Flaherty said.
“I’m disappointed. We worked hard. We believed we could win this but it wasn’t in the cards,” he said.
DiDomenico and Flaherty fought a similar battle only a few months ago, with DiDomenico winning the special election to fill former Senator Anthony Galluccio’s seat by 120 votes.
Flaherty threw his hat into the ring a second time believing that Cambridge, without three other candidates running, would deliver him the difference he needed to beat DiDomenico.
This did not happen.
In fact, DiDomenico waged a stronger, district wide battle and the results, as close as they were, showed that.