Primary elections were held in five northeastern states on Tuesday. In four states, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, voters chose candidates to compete in gubernatorial races.


Voters chose Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in her bid for the gubernatorial race, winning 42.4 percent of the vote, beating out the state Treasurer Steve Grossman to win the Democratic nomination for governor. Coakley will face Charlie Baker who got 74.3 percent of the Republican vote and beat back the tea party-backed candidate, Mark Fisher.

Massachusetts Congressman John Tierney conceded defeat to a former Marine and Iraq veteran, Seth Moulton, an end to his 18-year congressional career.

Moulton spent half a million dollars on campaign ads to introduce himself to voters with support from VoteVets, a group dedicated to electing veterans to Congress. Moulton, a businessman and Harvard graduate, served in the Marines in 2001 but describes himself as a progressive Democrat who opposed the war in Iraq, according to

Moulton will face Republican nominee Richard Tisei in November.

Rhode Island

Voters chose Gina Raimondo as their Democratic nominee for governor in Rhode Island. Raimondo beat Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, a Dominican-American. Raimondo got 42.2 percent of the vote, 51,770, compared to Taveras 29.2 percent with 35,803 votes.

Raimondo as the state's general treasurer overhauled the state's pension system and spent $5 million against her opponents.

Raimondo faces Cranston Mayor Allan Fung in the gubernatorial race in November, who got 55.0 percent of the vote or 17,011 votes.

New Hampshire

Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, easily won the Republican nomination achieving 49.9 percent of the vote against his opponent J. Rubens who came in with 23.4 percent of the vote. Brown will face incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen in November. The outcome of the election will be pivotal in determining which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Obama's term.

Brown won a special election in Massachusetts in 2010 to finish the term of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, but he lost his bid for a full term when running against Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

In this state's primary for candidates for the gubernatorial race, former defense industry executive Walt Havenstein secured the Republican nomination at 55.6 percent of the vote to face incumbent Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan. Havenstein beat tea party activist Andrew Hemingway.

New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo kept the Democratic nomination to face Republican Rob Astorino in the gubernatorial election in November by securing 62.2 percent of the vote, or 330,162 votes according to the Associated Press.

However his opponent, a political neophyte, Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham University professor who criticized Cuomo's centrist policies, secured 34.3 percent of the vote or 181,991 votes. 

Comedian and political activist Randy Credico securing 3.6 percent of the vote with 19,052 votes.

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, whose attorney general running mate is Ramon Jimenez, says disaffected Democrats should support him in the November election.

Analysts say Cuomo is well-positioned to win re-election. He remains ahead of Astorino in fundraising, and polls give him a 2-1 lead.