Voters returned Danielle Gregoire to the Legislature on Tuesday, when she defeated incumbent Fourth Middlesex District State Rep. Steven Levy.
Tuesday’s election was the second straight race between Gregoire, a Democrat, and Levy, a Republican, both of Marlborough. Levy won their 2010 contest by about 100 votes. Levy said tonight that preliminary results had this year's gap at 233 votes.
The district includes Precincts 1 and 3 in Westborough; Precincts 1 and 3 in Northborough; and these areas of Marlborough: Ward 2, Precinct 1; Wards 3, 4, 5 and 6; and Ward 7, Precinct 2.
"It feels great. We worked really hard," Gregoire said tonight.
"I don't think we did anything differently, but we did things more. We started knocking on doors in February."
Levy said it was "hard to say" what factors decided Tuesday's contest.
"Obviously, it's always more difficult for Republicans in presidential years. Much higher turnouts," Levy said at the Celtic Tavern in Northborough, where his campaign held an election night party.
"Obviously, we haven't seen the final results from the Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren race, but it looks like Scott's down as well. And also, a lot of enthusiasm on the Democratic side of the ballot for Elizabeth and for the President."
Levy said he called Gregoire and congratulated her.
Tuesday's election covered different geography than the candidates' 2010 contest.
Some of those doors were in new communities this time, after redistricting due to the most recent census.
In 2010, the Fourth Middlesex District consisted of Marlborough, Berlin, and Southborough Precinct 1, according to the Secretary of State's website.
In 2010, in Westborough, Precinct 2 was in the Eighth Middlesex District. Precincts 3 and 5 were in the Ninth Worcester District. And Precincts 1 and 4 were in the Eleventh Worcester District.
"I think that was one of the big challenges: with the redistricting, picking up two new towns," Levy said.
"We worked very hard in those two new towns. Unfortunately, we were expecting slightly better results in Westborough."
Early unofficial results from Town Clerk Nancy Yendriga had Gregoire winning in Westborough, 1,493 to 1,480.
Gregoire said learning local officials' priorities is part of her plans between now and January.
Levy, meanwhile, said he will "spend some time with family" before determining "where we go from here."