Election 2018

Find complete election results here, along with our election night live blog.

As the election of 2018 approaches, WCAI brings you debates and discussions with local candidates. On this page you'll find election programs, reporting, information regarding the ballot initiatives, and other ongoing coverage. 

The election is Tuesday, November 6th. On election evening, WCAI will be on-air live, covering the results, beginning at 8pm. Mindy Todd will host our coverage of local races, with special guest analysts Henri Rauschenbach and Paul Niedzwiecki.

WCAI's Local Election Coverage

The following debates will take place on The Point at 9am and 7pm.

Thursday, October 4th: Incumbent Will Crocker and challenger Paul Cusack; 2nd Barnstable District. You can hear the archived debate HERE

Thursday, October 18th: Incumbent Randy Hunt and challenger Jack Stanton; 5th Barnstable District. You can hear the archived debate HERE.

Tuesday, October 23rd: Incumbent Timothy Whalen and challenger Steven Leibowitz; 1st Barnstable District. You can hear the archived debate HERE.

Wednesday October 24th: Incumbent Bill Keating and challenger Peter Tedeschi; 9th Congressional District. You can hear the debate HERE.

Tuesday, October 30th: Incumbent Vinny deMacedo and challenger Deb Rudolf; State Senate Plymouth, Bourne, Falmouth Sandwich District. You can hear the archived debate HERE.

Thursday, November 1st: Incumbent Julian Cyr and challenger John Flores; State Senate Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. You can hear the archived debate HERE.

Ballot Initiatives

This year there are three ballot questions in Massachusetts. The state provides information about them here. See below for links to our stories and coverage on all three questions.

Other Ongoing Coverage 

Our sister station, WGBH in Boston, is also hosting debates and providing coverage.

The debate between Senator Elizabeth Warren and Republican challenger, Geoff Diehl was recorded by WGBH. It took place on Sunday, October 21st.

The debate between Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic opponent Jay Gonzalez was held on Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm

You can watch the archived debate from Wednesday, October 3rd between Attorney General Maura Healey and Republican challenger Jay McMahon HERE

WCAI Election Night Coverage

Nov 6, 2018
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Here are the results from our local races and the ballot questions.  

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Ballot Question 3 seeks a repeal of protections for transgender people in the state. It's getting a lot of attention from younger people, many of whom aren’t yet old enough to vote.  

What to Know About Ballot Question Three

Nov 2, 2018

Question 3 proposes to repeal a 2016 law that banned discrimination against transgender people in public places, including malls, restaurants and bathrooms. 

The repeal effort focuses on the part of the law that gives transgender people legal protections when they use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

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On The Point, candidates for the Massachusetts Senate representing Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket debate the key issues for our region. Democrat Julian Cyr,  candidate for State Senate reelection, and Republican John Flores, candidate for State Senate, sit down with host Mindy Todd in the studio for this discussion.

What to Know About Ballot Question Two

Nov 1, 2018

American Promise is a national organization based in Concord that's working to get states to support a twenty-eighth amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment would reverse Citizens United, a 2010 Supreme Court decision that ruled political spending is a form of free speech. The decision also led to the rise of political funds, called Super PACs, that can spend infinite amounts of money on campaigns. And the corporations and unions that donate to Super PACs don't always have to disclose how much money they give.

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Advocates on both side of ballot Question 1 have pointed to California when making their cases for how voters should vote on November 6th. California was one of the first states to pass similar legislation, in 1999.

What to Know About Ballot Question One

Oct 31, 2018
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The group behind Question One is a labor union called the Massachusetts Nurses Association. They want hospitals to limit the number of patients nurses can take care of at a time – with the limits varying depending on the unit.

On The Point, candidates for State Senate in the Plymouth and Barnstable district, Republican Vinny deMacedo and Democrat Deb Rudolph, sit down with host Mindy Todd to debate the key issues for our region.  

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We continue our series of political debates in advance of the November 6th election. 

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On The Point, a debate between the candidates for State Representative for the First District, Barnstable County. Steve Leibowitz (Democrat) and Tim Whelan (Republican) sit down in the studio with our host Mindy Todd to discuss the key political issues for Cape Cod. 

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The candidates for State Representative in the Barnstable County 5th District are incumbent Randy Hunt,  Republican, and Jack Stanton, Democrat. They join Mindy Todd in The Point studio to debate the key issues in our region. 

A debate with candidates running for State Representative in the 2nd Barnstable District.  Incumbent Will Crocker (Republican) meets challenger Paul Cusack (Democrat) in the Point studio.  Mindy Todd hosts.  Issues include affordable housing and homelessness, safety at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant, traffic and transportation, and more.