Salem voters helped re-elect President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and contributed substantially to the Democratic victory by Elizabeth Warren to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts.
Local voters also backed U.S. Rep. John Tierney, D-Salem, for re-election to Congress and helped elect City Council President Joan Lovely to the state Senate.
In a controversial local issue, Salem voters opted to tax property owners 1 percent more as part of the Community Preservation Act.
Elizabeth Warren (D), Scott Brown (R) for U.S. Senate
Elizabeth Warren, an American bankruptcy law expert and Harvard University Law School professor, defeated two-year incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. In Salem, Warren garnered 11,791 votes to Brown's 7,612.
John Tierney (D), Richard Tisei (R), Daniel Fishman (L): 6th Congressional District
John Tierney (D-Salem), the Northshore Congressman since 1997, carried his hometown of Salem with 12,410 votes. Former Republican state Senator Richard Tisei from Wakefield garnered 5,648 votes in Salem. Libertarian candidate Daniel Fishman of Beverly won 911 votes in Salem.
Joan Lovely (D), Richard Jolitz (R), : Mass. Senate, 2nd Essex District
Salem City Councilor Joan Lovely defeated Beverly Republican Richard Jolitz easily and will replace state Sen. Fred Berry, a 30-year veteran of the Senate. In Salem, Lovely won 15,541 votes to Jolitz's 2,997 votes.
The Community Preservation Act
Salem voters agreed to join the Community Preservation Act and add 1 percent more to their property taxes. The vote was 9,646 for joining the CPA, while 8,073 voted against it.
Salem voters also supported all three ballot initiatives. They voted overwhelmingly for Question 1, the right to repair. They were narrowly split over Question 2, the right to die. And they voted two to one in favor of legalizing marijuana.
SALEM ELECTION RESULTS:
Race Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidate Results U.S. President
13,429 Romney-Ryan 5,635 U.S. Senate
11,791 Scott Brown 7,612 U.S. Congress District 6
12,410 Richard Tisei 5,648 Daniel Fishman 911 MA Senate 2nd Essex Joan Lovely 15,541 Richard Jolitz 2,997
Answer Results Answer Results
Question 1: 'Right to Repair' Yes 13,919 No 2,364 Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 9,533 No 9,358 Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 12,318 No 6,488
Question 4: Community Preservation Act Yes 9,646 No 8,073 Question 5: Political Spending Yes No