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Gay Republican Richard Tisei loses U.S. House bid in Massachusetts

Richard Tisei

Richard Tisei

BOSTON — Democrat Seth Moulton has won the race for Massachusetts‘ 6th Congressional District, defeating openly gay Republican Richard Tisei.

Richard Tisei

Richard Tisei

Moulton stunned the state during the primary when he defeated nine-term incumbent Democratic Rep. John Tierney, the first sitting Massachusetts congressman to lose a primary since 1992.

During the general election, Moulton faced Tisei, who had run a hard-fought race against Tierney two years ago and narrowly lost.

Tisei had tried to cast Moulton as a mirror image of Tierney.

But Moulton was able to parlay both his service in — and ultimately his opposition to — the Iraq War as a powerful campaign pitch to voters.

Moulton is a 35-year-old businessman and Harvard University graduate who enlisted in the Marines in 2001.

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