Incumbent Rep. Neal wins 3-way Democratic primary
BOSTON (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has won his three-way Democratic primary in the newly redrawn 1st District in western Massachusetts. No Republican is on the ballot for November, meaning he is virtually assured a 13th term.
Neal was competing against former state senator Andrea Nuciforo Jr. and humorist and activist Bill Shein.
Neal had represented about half of the area in his 12 terms as 2nd District congressman. The new 1st District was created after population losses cost the state a congressional seat. This was his first contested election in years.
Congressman John Olver, who represents the old 1st District, is retiring.
The new district includes 87 cities and towns that stretch from Williamstown in the northwest corner of the state to Dudley on the border of Connecticut in central Massachusetts.