The Election

Rohit De

On Tuesday, November 2, voters across the nation went to the polls to cast their ballots on Election Day, and the results are in. 


In Attleboro, Mayor Paul Heroux (D) was re-elected to a third term after defeating retired state trooper and Feehan board member Todd McGhee (D) 66% to 34% in a low-turnout election. McGhee holds a seat on the Board of Trustees (Strategic Planning Co-Chair) at Bishop Feehan, and he is Feehan’s Special Advisor on Diversity and Inclusion.


In Boston, City Councilor Michelle Wu (D) defeated fellow City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George (D) to become the first woman and first person of color to be elected mayor of Boston. Wu took office on November 16.


In Virginia, Republicans picked up a governorship after Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated former Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe, 51% to 49%. Virginia voted for President Biden (D) by a margin of 10 points last year. Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears (R) is set to become the first woman of color to hold statewide office in Virginia.


In New Jersey, Democratic incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy narrowly won re-election against Republican Jack Ciattarelli, 51% to 48%. This 3% margin came despite the fact that New Jersey voted for President Biden by a margin of over 15 points last November.


In Ohio, Republican Mike Carey (OH-15) and Democrat Shontel Brown (OH-11) both won special elections to fill vacant House seats. They took office on November 4. And in Florida, a Democratic primary for a House special election (FL-20) was decided by a mere five votes.


There were fewer elections this year, as most governships, all 435 House seats, and 34 Senate seats will be up for election next November during the midterm elections.




ASBURY PARK, NJ – NOVEMBER 02: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy speaks during an election night event at Grand Arcade at the Pavilion on November 2, 2021 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. New Jersey residents went to the polls Tuesday to vote in the gubernatorial race where Murphy faced off against Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin of Virginia celebrates his victory, 11/3/2021.png