REPUBLICAN GOV. CHARLIE BAKER won a landslide reelection victory on Tuesday, but he had few coattails on Beacon Hill as his party ended up losing a couple seats in the Legislature.
Rep. James Lyons Jr., a conservative firebrand from Andover for the last eight years, lost his seat to Democratic newcomer Tram Nguyen in a high-spending race that attracted national attention. Over in the Senate, Democrat Rebecca Rausch of Needham ousted Sen. Richard Ross of Wrentham, who won the seat in 2010 when Scott Brown departed for the US Senate.
The victory of Democrat David LeBoeuf of Worcester also moved a vacant seat that had been occupied by a Republican into the Democratic column. The Republicans narrowly avoided losing another seat that had been occupied by a Republican when Michael Soter of Bellingham defeated 22-year-old Patrick Malone by an estimated 500 votes; Malone conceded early Wednesday morning.