The North End / Waterfront generally voted in line with the other Boston neighborhoods, giving Democrats a majority of votes in all the major races. As shown in the Ward 3 precinct grid below, Governor Patrick received 51% of the NE/W vote with 42% going to Charlie Baker. Steve Grossman took the Treasurer’s race, 54%-46%, against Karyn Polito. The Auditor’s race was closer but favored Suzanne Bump at 53%-47%.
In the State Senate race, incumbent Democrat Anthony Petruccelli received strong support from the North End / Waterfront community with 68% of the vote over the 32% garnered by Republican challenger, Frank Addinvinola, Jr. (For more analysis on this race, see “Petruccelli Solidly Wins State Senate Race Against Addivinola.”) Democratic State Representative Aaron Michlewitz was uncontested for his follow-on term after the Spring 2009 special election.
Click on the grid below to enlarge the North End / Waterfront precinct results:
The interior area of the North End (Precinct 3 – Hanover St., Prince St., Salem St.) remains the “bluest” precinct, with the heaviest Democratic voting scorecard. It was the interior North End where Patrick, Grossman, Bump and Petruccelli saw their best numbers. Precinct 3 votes at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet St.
The blocks east of Hanover St. including much of the Waterfront area in Precinct 1 (Commercial St., North St., Fulton St., Atlantic Ave., Richmond St.) gave a substantial margin to the Democratic candidates, but showed slightly more “red” than the other precincts. The auditor’s race was actually 50/50 here; Mary Z. Connaughton’s best result. Still, Patrick, Petruccelli and Grossman all easily took Precinct 1. This is the largest precinct in the neighborhood with voting taking place at 145 Commercial St., Christopher Columbus Elderly Housing complex.
Precinct 2, the north west side of the North End including part of the Waterfront, showed percentages also very much “blue” and between the extremes seen in Precincts 1 and 3. This precinct also votes at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet St.
Precinct 4, sometimes referred to as the “old North End” around Endicott St. showed an interesting contrast with the lowest support for Governor Deval Patrick and Steve Grossman, but among the strongest for Senator Anthony Petruccelli. Precinct 4 votes at 31 N. Margin St., Knights of Columbus.
Not included in the above grid is Precinct 6, which includes Harbor Towers/Rowes Wharf/Intercontinental and much of the Financial District/Downtown/Government Center area. This precinct also showed strong support for the Democrats, but slightly less so than the interior North End. Voting takes place at City Hall for Precinct 6.
Bottom-line: Not many surprises. As with most of Massachusetts, the Republican surge was not felt much in the North End / Waterfront area and certainly less than during the January 2010 Scott Brown/Martha Coakley special election for U.S. Senate.