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Union support helps Tierney eke out win

When pundits saw Richard Tisei on the verge of knocking US Representative John ­Tierney from Congress, the union members working phone banks at the home of Local 201 in Lynn noticed something different.

As they started making 26,690 calls to affiliates of the unions in the North Shore ­Labor Council, they recorded a roughly 3-to-1 edge for Tierney, no surprise given his long alliance with labor. But as the election neared, Tierney’s union edge widened to 5 to 1.

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