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Third Middlesex District

Money and endorsements didn’t bring primary win for Kearns Goodwin

In the recent Democratic primary race for state Senate in the Third Middlesex District, the two top candidates had unusual resumes: Mike Barrett had already served seven terms as a state senator and representative; Joe Kearns Goodwin, an Army veteran with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, captured high-profile endorsements and raised far more money than any other candidate.

In the end, as Kearns Goodwin told supporters gathered at a Waltham bar on primary night, he didn’t win his first election. Barrett, who lives in Lexington, won by 272 votes.

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