By Brian Messenger email@example.com
---- — U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas won big in Methuen, Haverhill and Andover while cruising to victory over Republican challenger Jon Golnik yesterday in the 3rd Congressional District race.
Tsongas, D-Lowell, earned a new two-year term as the Merrimack Valley’s representative in Congress. She won Haverhill by nearly 8,500 votes and Methuen by nearly 6,000 while beating Golnik in Andover by more than 2,500 votes.
The race was a rematch of 2010, when Golnik finished with the best showing of a Republican in the region since 1992.
“I think the verdict is in,” said Tsongas last night. “Over the next two years I’m committed to meeting our challenges head-on and continuing our steady progress.”
Tsongas, 66, said she will continue working to support job growth while also working with Republicans to tackle the federal debt and deficit with a “fair and balanced approach and not balanced on the backs of the middle class.”
“(Voters) want us to come together and work on common ground,” said Tsongas.
Golnik, 47, is a businessman from Carlisle. He credited the Democrats for their ability to get voters to the polls yesterday.
Tsongas also outspent Golnik by more than a 6-to-1 ratio, reporting $1.2 million in operating expenses to Golnik’s $191,000.
“We tip our hat to Represenative Tsongas,” said Golnik. “We tip our hat to Chairman John Walsh of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. They know how to get out the vote ... It’s sobering.”