In one of the few contested races in Tuesday’s primary, Jonathan Golnik received the nod from GOP voters in the Third Congressional District, including Groton, to challenge Democrat Niki Tsongas to continue as the Representative in Congress for the Third District, winning over Thomas Weaver.
In Groton, Golnik polled 199 votes to Weaver’s 122. Golnik also challenged Tsongas unsuccessfully in 2010, when she won her first term. This year, the district borders have been redrawn; it now extends along the northern border of the state from Winchendon and Gardner eastward to Lawrence and Haverhill. The southern border is Marlborough.
There were no surprises in the rest of Tuesday’s primary in Groton, with most candidates running unopposed for their party’s slots. Turnout was very light, 673 people, with about nine percent of Groton’s registered voters, trekking to the polls.
- Forty-eight percent of those people voted in the Democratic primary
- Fewer than one percent voted in the Green-Rainbow primary, which had no candidates running
- Fifty-two percent voted in the Republican