“I think Ovide never managed to shake his image as a candidate who’s been around the block once too many already and his views on social issues were out of sync with the 2012 electorate,” Galdieri said.
The 2nd Congressional District also wasn’t a shocker, in Galdieri’s view.
“Bass’s loss is not very surprising,” he said. “He won by a very narrow margin in a very good year for Republicans in 2010 and he’s increasingly out of place in today’s GOP.”
The results elated Democrats, especially their gains in the Legislature.
“At this point, we understand there is a 12-12 split in the Senate, still uncertain in the House, though Bill O’Brien’s leadership has clearly been decimated and we are still waiting to see if he has even won re-election,” Democratic Party spokesman Collin Gately said close to midnight.
Republicans were returning Sens. Chuck Morse of Salem, Jim Raush of Derry and Sharon Carson of Londonderry to office.