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Patrick, Frank win re-election in Mass.

  |   Nov. 3, 2010 at 2:25 AM
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BOSTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick defeated Republican challenger Charles Baker to win re-election Tuesday.

Patrick, 54, had 48 percent of the vote to Baker's 41 percent, with 95 percent of precincts reporting. Independent Timothy Cahill was third with 8 percent and Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein had 1 percent.

Baker, 54, spent 10 years as chief executive officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a non-profit health-benefits company.

When New York Gov. David Paterson leaves office at the end of the year, Patrick will be the nation's only black governor.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., was re-elected to a 16th term, easily defeating a Republican challenge from political neophyte Sean Bielat.

Frank, 70, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and co-author of the controversial financial-regulation reform law, defeated Bielat by 11 percentage points, a wider victory margin than some polls had suggested.

Bielat, 35, a former U.S. Marine, did not say in his concession speech if he would run for office again, but said, "This isn't going to end tonight."

"This is still about a hope for a brighter tomorrow, for a different future for this country," The Boston Globe quoted him as saying.

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