With 4 precincts left (3 in North Reading and the whole town of Essex) Tierney is up by almost 5,000 votes. I expect Essex to be pretty close and North Reading to go for Tisei, but not be enough to overcome a 4,950 vote hole. In the one precinct in North Reading that has reported, Tisei won by about 500 votes. Replicate that over all four of the outstanding precincts and Tierney’s still up about 3,000. Looks like a squeaker but a win. AP has called it with 98% reporting.
UPDATE: I thought Essex would be close but wow. Tisei 1,004, Tierney 999. 5 votes. That leaves three precincts in North Reading for Tisei to pick up 4,963 votes. Since those precincts will total about 6,300 votes in all, that’s highly unlikely. Looks even more like Tierney squeaked back in.
UPDATE 2: Outstanding North Reading precincts in. Tierney wins by 3,650 votes, 179,603 to 175,953. That’s 48.25% for Tierney, 47.27% for Tisei, and 4.48% for Daniel Fishman, the Libertarian candidate. Note that Fishman received almost 17,000 votes, more than enough to tip it to Tierney. Thank you libertarians!