If newspaper endorsements decided elections, Dan Winslow would have romped to victory in yesterday’s Republican US Senate primary. Instead he came in last. Gabriel Gomez cruised to an easy win, and will be the party’s nominee in the June 25 special election to succeed John Kerry.
Six Massachusetts dailies had made endorsements in the GOP primary, and all six — The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Lowell Sun, Fitchburg Sentinel, Eagle Tribune, and Springfield Republican — had come out for Winslow. That was a “political grand slam,” crowed Winslow’s campaign. It was a “game changer.”