Tisei won't concede to Tierney in Mass. House race

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November 7, 2012, 9:57 am
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(NECN: Jackie Bruno, Wakefield, Mass.) - A closely-watched house contest in Massachusetts remains unresolved.

In the 6th district congressional race, incumbent John Tierney defeated Republican challenger Richard Tisei. Tierney received 48 percent of the vote, Tisei 47 percent.    
Still, Tisei is refusing to give up the fight amid allegations of voter fraud.

To chants of “Tierney, Tierney, Tierney,” Tierney claimed victory. It was a slim win, only edging out Tisei by about 2,000 votes.  Still, it was a big win after Tierney was dogged for months over allegations of his wife’s offshore gambling ring.
“This win is a testament to the people of this district...,” Tierney told supporters.

But, the Tisei team is testing the truth of Tierney’s win. Tisei’s campaign manager, Paul Moore, said he wasn’t able to speak to the town clerk of Lynn and believes there may have been foul play.

“I think at best we have a very incompetent official in Lynn...,” Moore said.

In a statement emailed to NECN, Lynn city clerk and elections chief Mary Audley responded:

"The allegations made by Mr. Tisei’s campaign are unfounded.  We were in City Hall from 6:30 a.m. yesterday morning until 9:30 p.m.  Our phones were extremely busy, but nobody came into the office to make any complaints.  We received no calls from the Secretary of State’s Office regarding any such allegations and no voters were challenged.
Other than that, I really have no comment as to what he believes other campaigns did or did not do.  We are committed to running every election to the letter of the law and to allege otherwise is quite offensive."

Because of those allegations and the tight outcome, Tisei would not concede Tuesday night.  Instead, he met with his supporters and thanked them for their hard work.
 “All I can say is we have run a tremendous campaign we should be proud of,” Tisei told his supporters.

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