DiDomenico spent less in Special Election, still won

July 14, 2010
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Though State Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) took home the Senate seat in last spring’s Special Election, he did not spend the most to get it.

New figures out last week from the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) showed that DiDomenico spent about $20,000 less than his next highest challenger, Tim Flaherty.

Flaherty, of Cambridge, spent $154,753 in his failed bid to become the district’s new senator. It was the most spent for all candidates.

The election was pretty much decided in the Democratic Primary, held on April 13, though there was a final election in May.

DiDomenico spent the second highest amount in the election at $124,627.

He beat Flaherty by around one percent of the vote, a very narrow margin.

The two candidates more than likely will face off again in September for the same seat, which was originally vacated last year when former Sen. Anthony Galluccio was jailed due to a probation violation. He was forced to resign.

In total, all candidates spent $405,307 in the race.

The totals for the other five candidates in the Special Election were:

• Michael Albano, Chelsea – $35,716

• Dennis Benzan, Belmont – $41,996

• John Cesan, Agawam – $63

• Daniel Hill, Charlestown – $9,917

• Denise Simmons – $38,233