Peter Tedeschi (R), chairman of the Tedeschi Food Shops, which owns 181 stores throughout New England, announced that he will challenge four-term Rep. Bill Keating (D-Bourne/Cape Cod) next year in a contest that could become competitive. The district begins south of Boston hugging the Atlantic Ocean coastline and includes the entire Cape Cod peninsula. It then moves west to annex the cities of Fall River and New Bedford. Though reliably Democratic, this district can swing Republican in statewide contests. Gov. Charlie Baker (R) will have to run well here to win re-election, thus ensuring a strong Republican turnout operation within the CD boundaries. Mr. Keating has averaged an underwhelming 52.7% average victory margin in his four congressional races, weak for a Massachusetts Democrat. This race could become one to watch.
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