ELECTION 2017

With Adam Frenier, Patty Healey (center) is a member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and Angela Belmont (at right) is Chief Nursing Officer at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass.
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Massachusetts ballot Question 1, if passed, would limit how many patients could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and certain other health care facilities, depending on the unit and the level of care.

Congressman Richard Neal won a Democratic primary against challenger Tahirah Amatul-Wadud.
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Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Rep. Richard Neal defeated primary challenger Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a Springfield attorney who hoped to become the first Muslim elected to Congress from Massachusetts.

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First up in our news roundup this week: We get the thoughts of our panel about this week's mayoral elections across western Massachusetts, and we ask them how long they think mayors should serve. Voters in Westfield said at the ballot box it should only be for two years at a time, but many other places have switched to four-year terms. 

Tuesday's election not only brought Democratic wins in high-profile gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, but it also saw historic victories for women, minority and LGBTQ candidates in down-ballot races nationwide.

Updated at 6:50 a.m. ET

It was a good night for Democrats in some of the nation's largest cities.

New York's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, a forceful critic of President Trump, easily won a second term. And Democrats also won several major cities and closely watched races, including those in Boston, Charlotte, N.C., and Seattle.

With all of the precincts counted, de Blasio had 66 percent of the vote to 28 percent for his main rival, Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

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