From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The identity of the Democratic nominee from the 4th Congressional District hung in limbo, unresolved, throughout the day Wednesday as Newton City Councilor Jake Auchincloss clung to a small, but significant lead, and state officials sought to make sure every vote got counted.
Auchincloss, a Marine veteran and moderate Democrat, led his closest competitor Jesse Mermell, a progressive former adviser to Gov. Deval Patrick, by a little over 1,500 votes with over 96% of the vote tallied.
Competing with five others, the two emerged after Tuesday’s in-person primary voting as the leading contenders to win the Democratic nomination in the district currently represented by U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III. Mermell racked up her votes in the liberal suburbs west of Boston, winning handily in her hometown of Brookline and places like Needham, Wellesely and Dover."
"Election officials in Franklin are still working on Wednesday evening to count the ballots from state primary on Tuesday.Franklin is the only community in the 4th Congressional District that has not announced unofficial results and many are awaiting the results with baited breath because the leaders in the race are separated by 1,506 votes, according an Associated Press tally. Jake Auchincloss appeared to be holding on to the slim lead over his closest competitor Jesse Mermell, a progressive one-time Brookline selectwoman and former head of the Alliance for Business Leadership.The delay is because of the large volume of early and mail-in ballots they received, according to Franklin Town Clerk Teresa Burr. Franklin was among the towns that elected not to do the “central tabulation,” instead electing to handle the early and mail-in ballots on Election Day. Burr said they will be reevaluating that for November.
Galvin’s court petition said there were approximately 751 ballots that had been received via drop box in Newton late on Tuesday and not delivered to the polls to be counted. In Wellesley, there are about 50 overseas ballots and 50 early and mail-in ballots yet to be counted. Another 600 ballots in Franklin had been stored in a vault and were never removed and delivered to precincts on Tuesday for counting."
|In the News: 4th District race too close to call; Franklin still counting|