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Kirsten Hughes re-elected Mass GOP chair

Massachusetts Republican Chairwoman Kirsten Hughes warms up the crowd at Gabriel Gomez's election night party at the Seaport Hotel in June 2013.
Massachusetts Republican Chairwoman Kirsten Hughes warms up the crowd at Gabriel Gomez's election night party at the Seaport Hotel in June 2013.Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe/Boston Globe

State GOP chair Kirsten Hughes on Wednesday night won re-election to the leadership post, fending off a challenge from a conservative activist.

Hughes, an attorney and president of the Quincy City Council, defeated Steve Aylward, of Watertown, by a margin of 46-30 at a meeting of the state party committee in Newton, a spokesman said.

Governor Charlie Baker backed Hughes in her re-election bid, while Aylward, a supporter of President Trump, was the favored candidate of the party’s right flank.

Hughes, in a statement the party released after the vote, said she was honored to continue at the helm.

“I am ready to work with Republicans across Massachusetts to advance our principles,” she said. “I am grateful that this process and debate helped to surface new and worthy ideas that will help unify and grow our party.”

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Hughes was narrowly elected party chair for the first time in January 2013.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.