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    Republicans take State Senate seat in Worcester & Middlesex District

    Republicans picked up a seat in the State Senate Tuesday night, when Fitchburg City Councilor Dean Tran defeated three other candidates in a special election, officials said.

    Tran’s victory in the Worcester & Middlesex District will increase the number of Republicans to seven in the 40-member senate. He will fill the seat vacated in August by Democrat Jennifer L. Flanagan, who resigned after she was appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to the state Cannabis Control Commission.

    “The MassGOP is proud to congratulate [Tran] on his victory, which is a testament to the fact that voters stand with Governor Baker’s vision of fiscal discipline and common sense reform,” Kirsten Hughes, chairwoman of the MassGOP said in a statement announcing Tran’s victory.


    Exact vote totals from the 11 communities in north Central Massachusetts that make up the district were not immediately available Tuesday night.

    In a statement, Democrat Sue Chalifoux-Zephir, a Leominster City Councilor, congratulated Tran on his victory. She also said she was proud of the way her campaign “focused on the major issues facing the families of north Central Massachusetts.”

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