BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It took a few days to count all the mail-in ballots, but Jake Auchincloss has been declared the Democratic nominee for Massachusetts' Fourth Congressional District.
With just over 22 percent of the vote, Auchincloss, an ex-Marine and Newton City Councilor, narrowly beat former Brookline Select Board member Jesse Mermell.
"I’m honored that the people of #MA04 have chosen me as the Democratic nominee for Congress," Auchincloss tweeted Friday. "We won 25 of the 34 cities and towns across the district, a testament to the strong, full-district campaign we built."
Mermell, who lost the nomination by around 2,000 votes, thanked her supporters Friday afternoon as she conceded to Auchincloss.
"Particularly the young people who were the spirit & soul of this campaign, I’m sorry this didn’t work out the way we wanted," Mermell said. "But I know you will be right back at it tomorrow, fighting for systemic change. I'll be right there with you."
Auchincloss will face off against Republic nominee Julie Hall, a retired Air Force Colonel, for the seat of Congressman Joe Kennedy III, who is not seeking re-election after he lost the Senate race to incumbent Senator Ed Markey.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas reports:
(Photo: Getty Images)