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November 3, 2010

Tsongas wins big over Golnik in Fifth District

Niki Tsongas ran away with an easy win last night over Republican challenger Jon Golnik in her first contested re-election to Congress.

Tsongas took the Fifth Congressional District by more than 25,000 votes, winning big in Lawrence, Haverhill and Lowell and pulling out closely contested races in Andover and Methuen.

The Lowell Democrat held a 55 to 42 percent advantage over Golnik late last night with just over 90 percent of precincts reporting.

Independent Dale Brown of Chelmsford finished with 2 percent and independent Bob Clark of Berlin with 1 percent.

"I want to thank you for your confidence in me and for giving me the privilege of representing you in Congress once again," Tsongas told about 100 supporters last night in downtown Lowell. "I want you all to know that I will not let you down."

Tsongas said last night that her priority will remain job creation.

"To all of those who are unemployed or underemployed or desperately trying to hold on to jobs while big corporations ship them overseas, I pledge to you that there will be no more urgent priority than to create the jobs that will get our economy back on track and get you back to work," she said. "And I will not stand by while the jobs we need are shipped abroad. I will stand with you."

In January, Republican Scott Brown won 20 of 29 communities in the Fifth District during his historic run to the U.S. Senate.

But last night, Tsongas was victorious in at least 19 Fifth District cities and towns. She was also one of nine incumbent Democrats among the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to win re-election last night.

But, Tsongas will return to Washington as a member of the minority party, after the Democrats lost control of the House to the GOP.

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