Tie broken and three vacancies filled in Tuesday's special elections

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May 11, 2011

By Tyler Millhouse

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For only the sixth time this year, a seat switched party hands during a state legislative special election. The race took place in Massachusetts where Peter Durant (R) defeated incumbent Geraldo Alicea (D) for the 6th Worcester District seat.

For 2011, the breakdown of these six changes is as follows:

In the November 2, 2010 general election, the race between Alicea and Durant ended in a tie, triggering a new election for the 6th Worcester District. Yesterday, Durant (R) defeated incumbent Alicea by only 56 votes. Besides the race's original contenders, Robert Cirba and Peter Boria also ran as independents. Although neither was in strong contention for the seat, each garnered more than the 56-vote margin of victory.[1]

Massachusetts State House of Representatives, Sixth Worcester Special Election (2011)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Durant (R) 3,325
Geraldo Alicea (D) 3,269
Peter Boria (Independent) 1,275
Robert Cirba 71

In addition, three states -- Massachusetts, Maine, and Alabama -- held special elections on Tuesday to fill state legislative vacancies. Two of the seats were previously held by Democrats, and one by Republicans. So far, 50 state legislative special elections have been decided in 2011.

The three special election results are as follows:

Partisan impact

One Massachusetts House seat changed partisan hands in Tuesday's special elections. Otherwise, partisan balances were unaffected.

Massachusetts House Partisan Balance

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 126
     Republican Party 29
     Vacancy 5
Total 160

Maine State Senate Partisan Balance

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 19
     Republican Party 15
     Independent 1
Total 35

Alabama House Partisan Balance

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 38
     Republican Party 65
     Independent 1
     Vacancy 1
Total 105

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