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Neal returns to a changed Congress

GOP takes over House, gains in Senate

Southbridge residents voted at the Community Center on Chestnut Street on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
November 03, 2010
Richard Neal returns to a U.S. House where his party is now in the minority.

"Our Republican friends are now in government and they can't just say 'no' anymore," he said. "I hope this change allows us to begin solving the problems of the country — that is what the American people expect of all of us."

Despite the numbers being close throughout most of the evening, incumbent Rep. Neal, D-Springfield, beat out challenger Republican Tom Wesley for the 2nd Congressional Massachusetts district.

The race was called when results showed Neal had garnered 59 percent of the vote and Wesley had 41 percent. Locally, Sturbridge went to Wesley 1997 to 1805 for Neal and Southbridge went 2,682 for Neal compared to 1599 for Wesley. Holland voted 428 for Neal and 505 for Wesley, Wales went 325 for Neal and 375 for Wesley and Charlton went 1,928 for Neal and 2,743 for Wesley.

First elected to the position in 1988, Neal will now serve his 13th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He said he was glad of the support he received, especially in what he called a challenging year for incumbents.

"I'm delighted," he said. "Any time you can get 60 percent of vote in this atmosphere, it is very gratifying. The headwinds were against incumbents."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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