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 nearly as much money as his five opponents combined. In the end, as Kearns Goodwin told supporters gathered at a Waltham bar on primary night, he didn’t win his first election. Barrett won by 272 votes.