The turnout was low for yesterday’s primary election in Wellesley, which featured a lopsided victory for a state representative seat and a heavily contested race for a congressional seat for two parties.
Alice H. Peisch (D-Wellesley) won a sixth term as state representative in the 14th Norfolk district seat yesterday. She defeated challenger Jerome B. Carr who did minimal campaigning leading up to the election.
Peisch took received 1,839 votes to Carr’s 131.
There is no Republican challenger for the 14th Norfolk seat, which covers Wellesley, Weston and Precinct 4 in Wayland. This seat loses Precinct 10 in Natick due to redrawn lines.
For the Democrats, Joseph P. Kennedy III won the candidacy for the Massachusetts Fourth Congressional seat, currently held by Barney Frank. Kennedy, who received 1,784 votes in Wellesley, beat out Rachel E. Brown, who received 102 votes, and Herb Robinson, who received 68.
On the Republican side, Sean Bielat got 814 votes in Wellesley, while Elizabeth Childs received 196 and David L. Steinhof received 21. There were 25 blank ballots cast in this race.
There were 3,101 ballots cast overall in yesterday's primary, which accounts for about 10 percent of the town's eligible voters, according to Town Clerk Kathy Nagle.