Westport primary: Rodrigues wins handily; Keating beats Sutter


WESTPORT — State Senator Michael Rodrigues of Westport scored a lopsided win over challenger David Meade of Fall River in Tuesday's 1st Bristol and Plymouth Senate District Democratic primary.

Since he faces no Republican candidate in November, Tuesday's win assures Mr. Rodrigues a second Senate term.

Unofficial results show that Mr. Rodrigues won by a total of 9,309 votes (76 percent) to 2,873 votes (24 percent).

In Westport, his home town, the result was even more lopsided with Mr. Rodrigues winning by a margin of 1,442 to 13o — he received 92 percent of the vote here.

In the day's other race of area interest, Bill Keating of Bourne beat Sam Sutter of Fall River in the race for the 9th District US Congressional seat. Mr. Keating had been the incumbent in the 10th District but that district was dissolved in the last redistricting so he ran in the new 9th District instead.

Mr. Keating took 30,979 votes (59 percent) to Mr. Sutter's 21,544 votes (41 percent) in the battle of present (Mr. Sutter) and past district attorneys,

Westport, though, liked Mr. Sutter. Here he won by the considerable margin of 1,260 to 352, taking 78 percent of the Westport vote. Mr. Sutter is the district attorney for the district that includes Westport.

Representative Paul Schmid of Westport is unopposed in his bid for reelection as the 8th Bristol District.

The Westport Town Clerk's office reports that 1,988 voters turned out Thursday, a turnout of 17.42 percent that was described as about typical for a primary election in town.



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