Election Night Live Updates: Healey Makes History | New

BOSTON — Maura T. Healey ’92 will become Massachusetts’ first female governor after defeating Republican challenger Geoffrey G. Diehl, according to an Associated Press projection.

Follow live updates from election night below.

Campbell wins historic first — 11:36 p.m.

The Associated Press called the state attorney general’s run for Campbell shortly after 11 p.m.

Campbell’s success against Republican attorney James McMahon made her the first black woman elected to statewide office in Massachusetts history. The victory comes just hours after Healey, the outgoing attorney general, became the first woman and first openly gay candidate elected governor in the state.

Andrea Campbell declares victory — 10:25 p.m.

Democrat Andrea J. Campbell declared victory in the race for attorney general around 10:25 p.m.

The Associated Press has yet to call the race.

Campbell would be the first black woman to hold statewide office in Massachusetts.

“Massachusetts, I am humbled and honored to be with you in celebrating this historic night,” she said, claiming victory over Republican James McMahon.

“For those who felt invisible, this victory is for you. For those who felt marginalized, this victory is for you. For those who felt left behind, left behind, this victory is for you,” she said.

“Women will truly lead Massachusetts forward, and it’s about time,” she said.

Senators Warren, supporters of Markey’s address — 10 p.m.

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) addressed supporters and thanked organizers around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

“Massachusetts is home to the largest force of grassroots organizers in America,” he said.

Healey declares victory — 9:37 p.m.

Massachusetts Democrats excitedly chanted “Maura” as Healey took the stage after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“I want you to know that I will be a governor for everyone and will work with anyone who is willing to make a difference in this state,” she said.

Maura T. Healey ’92 took the stage at a Democratic party in Boston to chants of “Maura.” By Julian J. Giordano

Healey said his victory sends a message to the nation.

“Tonight I want to say something to every little girl and every LGBTQ person. I hope tonight shows you that you can be anything, whoever you want to be.

Maura T. Healey '92, left, and Kimberly Driscoll wave to supporters at a Democratic victory party in Boston.
Maura T. Healey ’92, left, and Kimberly Driscoll wave to supporters at a Democratic victory party in Boston. By Julian J. Giordano

“I stand before you tonight proud to be the first woman and first gay person ever elected governor of Massachusetts,” she said.

Diehl has yet to concede the race.

Driscoll elected lieutenant governor — 9:30 p.m.

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll addressed supporters around 9:30 p.m., accepting his victory in the race for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts.

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll celebrated his victory Tuesday night in the race for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll celebrated his victory Tuesday night in the race for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. By Julian J. Giordano

“Hey Massachusetts, tonight we made history,” she said. “Actually, we made his story.”

Driscoll expressed his excitement to serve on Beacon Hill alongside Healey.

“I can’t wait to be your teammate, Maura,” she said.

According to Driscoll, she will be Massachusetts’ first lieutenant governor to graduate from a public college.

Wu, Pressley and Clark address fans – 9 p.m.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu ’07 congratulated Healey in a speech to supporters around 9 p.m.

“Tonight in Massachusetts we broke the tallest glass ceiling ever,” she said.

Congresswoman Ayanna S. Pressley, who is expected to win her third term tonight, told the crowd that “change is happening.”

Congresswoman Ayanna S. Pressley pledged supporters "change is on the way" at a Democratic watch party in downtown Boston.
Congresswoman Ayanna S. Pressley promised supporters that “change is on the way” at a downtown Boston Democrat party. By Julian J. Giordano

“Tonight’s results are due to good old hard work. The work that women have been doing for generations,” she said.

Rep. Katherine M. Clark, who represents Cambridge in the House, took the stage to celebrate Healey.

“There is no better leader in building a better tomorrow than Maura Healey,” she said.

Healey elected Massachusetts’ first female governor — 8 p.m.

Maura T. Healey ’92 passed her Trump-backed Republican opponent in Massachusetts’ gubernatorial election on Tuesday, becoming the first woman elected to the state’s highest office.

The Associated Press called the race for Healey at 8 p.m. Tuesday, just after the polls closed.

Healey will also be the first openly gay candidate to hold the position.

She is the third consecutive Harvard College student to be elected governor. Six of the last seven people elected as governors of the state hold degrees from Harvard University.

Healey, who easily raised funds over Geoffrey G. Diehl, flipped the state blue after Republican Charlie D. Baker ’79, who opted out of running for office, held the position for eight year.

Supporters gathered in downtown Boston at the Fairmont Hotel to watch the election results roll in, buzzing with energy in anticipation of an easy victory.

Boston’s Clifton Braithwaite said he was thrilled “to break new ground in the story”.

“I wasn’t in the tea party, but you know we’re rebels here in Massachusetts,” Braithwaite said.

Downtown Watch Party supporter Melody Callahan said she’s been supporting Healey for a long time.

“I fundraised for Maura for eight years, even before she decided to run for governor,” Callahan said. “I believe in everything she stands for.”

“Charlie has done a wonderful job, but she will be an even better governor,” added her husband Dennis Callahan.

At the polls, Cambridge voters fear for the state of democracy – 6:30 p.m.

At the Lexington Avenue Fire House polling station in Cambridge, voters voiced concerns about the future of American democracy.

Michael W. Yogman, a Cambridge pediatrician and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, said the midterm reviews mark “a pretty scary time for this country” and could empower “a group of people who don’t believe in the democracy, who think that votes are legitimately cast are not valid.”

“It puts every minority at risk,” he added.

Raymond Traietti, director of Memorial Hall, said he was most concerned about the results of local races across the country for positions in charge of election administration.

“The denial of elections is a dangerous thing,” Traietti said, adding that elective democracy is “all we have.”

Jakov Kucan, a software engineer at Cambridge, said he felt people were consuming information “open to manipulation”, including by foreign actors.

“The United States being a democratic country, I don’t think we should take it for granted,” he said. “I think it is on the verge of collapsing as a democratic country and turning into a dictatorship.”

“I don’t think it’s a given outcome, but it’s a possibility,” Kucan added. “That’s why we should go vote, to make sure this doesn’t happen.”

Cambridge voter Kathleen Garvey said she liked Healey but wished the attorney general had been “a bit more present” during his campaign.

“I wish she was a little more out there,” Garvey said. “I don’t feel like she really ran.”

Kucan said that while he enjoyed the “healthy tension” and “checks and balances” created by a Republican governor in a generally blue state, he looks forward to Healey’s term as governor.

“I think she has a pulse on the people of Massachusetts,” Kucan said. “I am delighted to have him as governor.”

On the ballot

Here are the key races from Tuesday’s poll in Massachusetts:

Governor: Attorney General Maura T. Healey ’92 looks set to be elected the first female governor in Massachusetts history. She held a strong lead in the polls over her Trump-backed Republican opponent Geoffrey G. Diehl ahead of Election Day.

Voting questions: Massachusetts voters will decide the fate of a recently passed state law that would allow undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license today. Voters will also weigh in on an amendment to the state constitution that would create a “millionaire’s tax” for Massachusetts high earners and allocate the increased revenue exclusively to education and public transportation. If passed, the amendment would impose a 4% tax on annual earnings over $1 million.

Listener: The race for the vote may be Republicans’ best chance to fight today. Democrat Diana DiZoglio takes on Republican Anthony Amore, the only GOP candidate to endorse popular Massachusetts incumbent Governor Charlie D. Baker ’79.

Congress: The nine Democrats who represent Massachusetts in the US House are considered safe in their re-election campaigns, even as the party’s slim majority in the House appears to be in jeopardy. Neither of the two state senators is on the ballot.

Read our full election overview.