Sen. Jamie Eldridge’s easily won re-election Tuesday. FILE PHOTO
Sen. Jamie Eldridge's easily won re-election Tuesday. FILE PHOTO

State Sen. Jamie Eldridge secured his sixth term in the Middlesex-Worcester District on Tuesday, defeating Republican opponent Margaret Busse and third-party candidate Terra Friedrichs.

Eldridge had a commanding lead of 28,994 votes to Busse's 15,445 votes, leading to Busse conceding defeat. Though only receiving a few hundred votes, Friedrichs refused to concede defeat until all votes were counted.

Eldridge referred to the race against Busse as the toughest he experienced since he began serving the district in January 2009. The challenge it presented made him a better legislator, he said.

"It was a race where opponent completely opposite views on everything from health care, to immigration, to education funding, to taxes, so I'm really overwhelmed by the strong margin of victory," Eldridge said.

Busse, a supporter of fellow-Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, is the associate director of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School.

Busse, who referred to Eldridge as "the self-styled progressive incumbent" said she was "incredibly proud of her campaign" shortly after conceding defeat.

"It was a phenomenal experience, very positive experience to meet people from all over the district and learn the issues and get to know so many great people," Busse said. "We are definitely suffering through the massive Blue Wave coming through Massachusetts. We're happy we ran and we feel good about it."

Despite trailing by thousands of votes Tuesday night, Friedrichs refused to concede in the race until all the votes were counted Tuesday night.


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Friedrichs, who plans to run again in 2020, also ran against Eldridge as an independent in 2016. Friedrichs refused to concede defeat at that time as well despite receiving less than 5 percent of the vote.

"We can not continue to give developers zoning relief which does not actually serve people who need housing the most without understanding the full costs to our water and our infrastructure," Friedrichs wrote in a statement released prior to the election outcome.

"Ruthless capitalism is unsustainable. It is sucking us dry. And we need to shift to a more cooperative, healthy, sustainable society, while we still have time," she said.

The Middlesex-Worcester District includes Acton, Ayer, Boxboro, Harvard, Hudson, Littleton, Marlboro, Maynard, Shirley, Southboro, Stow, Westboro, Devens, parts of Northboro and parts of Sudbury.

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