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Bill Keating Wins House Seat Over Jeff Perry

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QUINCY (CBS/AP) — Democrat William Keating has been elected to the 10th Congressional District, defeating Republican Jeff Perry.

The race was a contentious one at times with Keating, the district attorney, railing against Perry, a state representative, for failing to stop a fellow officer accused of illegally strip-searching a teenager while they were both members of the Wareham Police Department. Perry has said he didn’t observe any illegal activity, but the then-14-year-old victim in one case said it would have been impossible for him not to hear her screams.

Vice President Joe Biden came to Massachusetts over the weekend to campaign for Keating. The 10th district extends in a crescent from south of Boston, across Cape Cod, and over to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

While here the Vice President said, “If they win this election, we are going to see a stalemate for the next two years. And their only focus is going to be about winning back the White House,” he said. “But ladies and gentlemen, it means that this will all be put on hold. We’re going to have to start back up all over again when we’ve finally begun to turn the ship of state around.”

Despite his win, Keating will be joining the minority party in the House, as Republicans gained control this election.

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