The 43-year-old Charlestown resident defeated former state Sen. Warren Tolman of Watertown.
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As assistant attorney general, Healey successfully argued the state’s case to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which critics said prevented legally married gay couples in Massachusetts from obtaining certain federal benefits.
She now faces Republican John Miller in the November election.
If elected, Healey would become the first openly gay female to hold a statewide office in Massachusetts. Current state Attorney General Martha Coakley is running for governor.
Tolman, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002 and for lieutenant governor in 1998, pledged to support Healey in the campaign ahead.
Healey ran a spirited campaign against a better-financed opponent with strong ties to organized labor and Democratic state politics. Tolman raised $1.3 million to Healey’s $942,000 "
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