Kerrigan the winner of Dem. primary for Lt. Gov.

Democratic candidates Steve Kerrigan (left), Leland Cheung (center), and Mike Lake (right).

BOSTON (WWLP) – In a three-way race that did not initially appear to have a favorite, Stephen Kerrigan is the clear choice of Massachusetts Democrats to run for lieutenant governor.

With 94% of precincts reporting, Kerrigan held a commanding lead over rivals Leland Cheung and Mike Lake. Kerrigan had 51% of the vote to Cheung’s 30% and  Lake’s 20%.

All three candidates qualified for the primary ballot at the state convention in Worcester. With the primary win, Kerrigan will now run in the November election as a ticket with Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee for governor.

Kerrigan is a former aide to the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and a former Lancaster selectman. Cheung is a Cambridge city councilor, and Lake is President and C.E.O. of the group Leading Cities.

Republican Karyn Polito, a former state representative from Shrewsbury, faced no opposition for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.

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