NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Democratic incumbent Bill Keating has won the election for Massachusetts’ 9th Congressional District, Eyewitness News projects.
Keating defeated Republican nominee Peter Tedeschi.
Keating, first elected in 2010, and Tedeschi, former CEO of his family’s convenience store chain, are seeking to represent a district that stretches from the southern section of Fall River through New Bedford and out to the Cape and Islands.
Keating argued he has been effective and bipartisan during his four terms in Congress, looking out for the South Coast. Tedeschi argued Massachusetts needs political balance by adding a new face and a Republican to the congressional delegation.
Tedeschi released the following statement to Eyewitness News:
“Congratulations to Congressman Keating on his reelection. Congressman Keating and I have had many opportunities to meet during this campaign, including during our five debates. Although we are different, we always expressed our differences in a way that was candid, constructive and professional.
It’s time to put partisan bickering aside and to encourage our elected officials to work in a collaborative fashion. If they are able to do that for us, we owe them our support in return.
When I committed to get into this race, I wanted to make sure that, regardless of the outcome, I wouldn’t have any regrets. This meant conducting myself in a way that would make my wife, family, friends and supporters proud. Every step of the way, my team strived to keep it honest, positive and dignified. I will sleep well tonight knowing that we accomplished this.
I’ve always said this was about people, and I am humbled and blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know folks across the Ninth District. Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign, it was an honor to run.”