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By Rick Holmes
Oct. 16, 2013 11:17 a.m.



I’m waiting on more reporting before deciding what went wrong with Karen Spilka’s campaign for the U.S. House. I will say that this time MetroWest had a candidate respected by all who know her, and the district had been redesigned to give more weight to MetroWest towns (including Framingham, Natick, Ashland, Holliston, Wayland and Southborough). It was a big field, and none of the five top Democrats had an obvious advantage in name recognition or geographical base.

But outside MetroWest, Karen got swamped. She had thought labor endorsements would help, but they didn’t. She was outspent, and apparently out-organized. I’m looking for voter turnout numbers by town, to see how much GOTV made the difference. The winner, Katherine Clark, had more money – including a big contribution from herself, I’m told – had Emily’s list support and a Globe endorsement. Now she has a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for as long as she wants it.

Did anyone see her campaigning in MetroWest?

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