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GOP wins 2 Massachusetts seats long held by powerful Democratic lawmakers

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PLYMOUTH, Massachusetts — Republicans have made some gains in the Massachusetts Senate, winning over two seats that had been held by powerful Democrats.

State Rep. Vinny deMacedo of Plymouth defeated Democrat Matthew Patrick and Libertarian Heather Mullins Tuesday in the race for the seat now held by Senate President Therese Murray, who is retiring.

Murray has represented the district since 1992. In 2007, she became the first woman to serve as president of the Senate.

Also Tuesday, incumbent Democratic state Sen. Richard Moore, a member of Murray's leadership team who holds the title of President Pro Tempore of the Senate, was unseated by Republican state Rep. Ryan Fattman of Sutton.

Moore had held the seat since 1996.

The GOP will occupy six of the 40 seats in the Senate in the next session.

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