Ex-Marine Jake Auchincloss declares victory in MA District 4 congressional race

BRISTOL COUNTY, Mass. (WLNE) – Democratic candidate Jake Auchincloss has declared victory in the Massachusetts District 4 congressional race.

Auchincloss spoke to reporters in Needham just before 11 p.m. on election night, with more than 60% of precincts reporting, showing him in the lead with more than 65% of the vote.

“I am honored and grateful that voters in the Massachusetts 4th have elected me to represent them in Congress,” Auchincloss said. “I’m gonna represent the whole district of Massachusetts 4th. I’m proud of the campaign we’ve had, speaking to voters north and south, and that voters everywhere in this district can count on me to represent their priorities and values in Congress.”

Auchincloss is a former city councilor in Newton and former U.S. Marine captain who served in Panama and Afghanistan.

His opponent, Republican candidate Julie Hall, is also a veteran who served as a city councilor in Attleboro. She describes herself as a “law and order” candidate, but drew criticism for her support of President Trump’s pandemic response and for casting doubt on the efficacy of masks and vaccines. Hall did not concede to Auchincloss as of election night, but earlier in the evening told ABC6 News she is calling for unity.

“You have to move on,” she said. “What can you do? You’ve got to try to have unity and you’ve got to try to do the right thing. You have to do what’s best for the State.”

Both candidates made stops across Bristol County in their final push Tuesday, stopping in locations Attleboro, Taunton and Needham.

While campaigning, Auchincloss has highlighted the differences between him and Hall.

“I’m gonna be a member of congress who listens to science, not showboating, to confront the coronavirus. I’m going to be a member of congress who brings people together to help us fight climate change and transition to a clean energy economy, and this is in stark contrast to my opponent who thinks this president has handled coronavirus tremendously well, who thinks that climate change is non-existent and who is not committed to a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion,” Auchincloss said last week while outside of his polling place.

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