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Tierney Survives Scandal, Tisei Challenge in Mass.

Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass. will be back for another term in the House of Representatives after overcoming scandal and just barely beating his moderate Republican challenger.

The Associated Press called the race around 1 a.m., when Tierney had 48 percent of the vote to 47 perecnt for former GOP state Sen. Richard Tisei, with all but four precincts reporting.

Tierney was dogged by family scandal, after his wife took a plea deal for filing false tax returns on behalf of her brother's illegal offshore gambling operation. Tierney struggled to convince voters that he did not know about his wife's involvement in the gambling scheme.

Tisei was a particularly challenging Republican candidate: He had a moderate statehouse record and would've been the first openly gay Republican newly elected to Congress, if he had won. But Democrats had a better-than-expected night in New England, perhaps bolstered by President Obama's spot at the top of the ticket. Tierney's victory means Massachusetts Democrats hold on to their monopoly of the state's House delegation, which they've had since 1994.

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