BOSTON (AP) -- State Treasurer Shannon O'Brien easily beat a former U.S. Labor secretary and two state politicians in the Democratic primary for governor to take on former Olympics chief Mitt Romney in November.
O'Brien, the party's front-runner for months, is trying to win back the governor's office for the Democrats after a dozen years in Republican hands. If she wins, she would be the first woman elected governor in Massachusetts history.
With 96 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, O'Brien had 234,262 votes, or 33 percent. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich was next with 178,006 votes, or 25 percent. State Senate President Tom Birmingham and former state Sen. Warren Tolman had 24 and 18 percent, respectively.
In Oklahoma, meanwhile, state Sen. Brad Henry scored a surprising come-from-behind victory over restaurateur Vince Orza in the Democratic gubernatorial runoff.
Henry, 38, advances to the November election against former Rep. Steve Largent, a former professional football player.
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