State Rep. Dan Winslow, Amherst native, wins Republican straw poll for US Senate
DANVERS (AP) — Nearly 200 Republican voters have cast ballots in a U.S. Senate race straw poll won by state Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk.
The nonbinding poll was held Saturday at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers. Winslow, who grew up in Amherst and graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 1976, beat out Gabriel Gomez, a Cohasset businessman and former Navy SEAL, and former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, his opponents in the April 30 primary.
Winslow slipped out of the yacht club before the votes were tallied to spend the afternoon campaigning.
The Republicans are hoping to reclaim one of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats after former GOP Sen. Scott Brown lost his re-election bid last year to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The winner will face Democratic Congressmen Stephen Lynch or Edward Markey in the June 25 special election. That race will fill the Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry, who resigned to become secretary of state.