Thursday's primary results in Western Mass. yielded some landslies and some tight races. Democratic Congressman Richie Neal cruised to victory in the First District with 66 percent of the vote, defeating challengers Andrea Nuciforo and Bill Shein. Jim McGovern easily got the nod in the Second District by a nine to one margin.
The Democratic race for Governor's Council was a real squeaker with Michael Albano winning by a nose over Kevin Sullivan. In the Republican Governor's Council race, Michael Franco beat Michael case.
In the closely-watched Hampshire County Register of Deeds race, Mary Olberding prevailed over Bonnie McCracken and Tim O'Leary in a close three-way split. Scott Cote walked away with the Register of Deeds race in Franklin County.
Other primary victors included incumbent State Senator James Welch, incumbent State Rep Denise Andrews, and Holyoke's Aaron Vega in his first bid for the State House. In the biggest non-surprise of the night, marie Angelides scored the GOP nod for State Rep in the Second Hampden District, decimating Jack Villamaino, the subject of a multi-agency voter fraud investigation.
In South Hadley, Ira Brezinsky was elected to fill an unexpired term on the Select Board.