Union favorites do well on primary night
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Primary elections were held in three New England states last night, with mostly positive results for union-endorsed candidates. Favored candidates ran unopposed or against token opposition in most primary races in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts yesterday.

In contested races, Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch fought off a primary challenge while District Attorney Bill Keating won the Democratic nod to replace retiring Congressman Bill Delahunt. Both were endorsed and actively supported by union carpenters. Union carpenters also supported a group of state representatives and state senators in Massachusetts who were all successful, with a single exception.

There was disappointment in Rhode Island, too, where incumbent state representative Chris Fierro lost his primary battle to retain a seat in Woonsocket. Fierro works for the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program and had served on the House Finance Committee.