Nick Cocchi the winner of Hampden County Sheriff’s primary

Ashe in 2nd place, Albano in 3rd

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – It has been one of the most high-profile races in the 2016 primary season, and Nick Cocchi has come out on top, winning the Democratic nomination in the three-way race for Hampden County Sheriff.

The mood is jubilant at Cocchi’s victory celebration at the Lusitano Club in Ludlow, where the candidate declared victory. Rivals Tom Ashe and Mike Albano have both conceded.

With 86% of precincts reporting,Cocchi is leading, with 13,615 votes or 47% to Tom Ashe in second place with 9,487 votes or 33% and Mike Albano in third place with 5,065 votes or 17%. Jack Griffin, who had dropped out of the race and endorsed Ashe, is still listed on the ballot and received 886 votes or 3%.

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Cocchi said all this hard work of campaigning for 2 plus years finally paid off; “I love my staff I love the men and women that work there, uniformed or not, it will be my pleasure to extend my hand tomorrow and say let’s walk the rest of this walk together.”

The office of Hampden County Sheriff has been held by Democrat Michael Ashe (no relation to Thomas Ashe) since the 1970s.

Cocchi will now face independent James Gill and Republican John Comerford in the November general election.

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