Nantucket Voters Back Healey, Diehl In State Primary Election

Jason Graziadei •

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Amid light turnout, Nantucket voters backed the eventual winners of Tuesday's state primary elections for Massachusetts Governor in both the Democratic and Republican races.

Island Democrats voted overwhelmingly for state Attorney General Maura Healey in her win over Sonia Chang-Diaz for the gubernatorial nomination, while Nantucket Republicans backed Geoff Diehl in his primary victory over Chris Doughty.

Healey would become the first openly gay candidate and first woman elected as Massachusetts Governor if she prevails in November's general election over Diehl, a former state representative from Whitman, Mass. who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

Of Nantucket's 9,397 registered voters, only 1,355 cast ballots on Tuesday, a 14.4 percent turnout. That included 958 ballots cast in the Democratic primary, and 397 ballots in the Republic primary.

Nantucket results for Democratic primary for Governor:

  • Maura Healey: 809
  • Sonia Chang-Diaz: 124

Nantucket results for Republican primary for Governor:

  • Geoff Diehl: 225
  • Chris Doughty: 162

Nantucket County Sheriff Jim Perelman, running unopposed in the Democratic primary, garnered 900 votes out of 958 ballots cast. With no candidate in the Republican primary, Perelman appears poised to secure another six-year term as Nantucket Sheriff.

See complete Nantucket primary election results by clicking here.

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