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Rep. Lynch wins Eighth Congressional

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BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Democratic incumbent Stephen Lynch beat Republican candidate Joe Selvaggi in the newly redrawn Eighth Congressional District.

Lynch was an iron worker for 18 years before becoming a Congressman in 2001 after the sudden passing of Rep. John Joseph Moakley. He resides in South Boston.

Lynch's new district includes communities south of Boston that he hasn't represented before, including Quincy.

His opponent is a Boston resident, businessman, and a U.S. Navy veteran. In a mini-debate on FOX 25, Selvaggi, who has been one of Lynch's constituents, claimed he ran against Lynch because he feels Lynch has made being a small business owner more difficult.

During the mini-debate, Lynch highlighted his stance on health care reform and the War in Afghanistan. He also said there needs to be more compromise between parties in Congress.

Lynch was a staunch defender of Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama during the House investigation into the government's botched Fast and Furious gun trafficking operation. He accused Republicans of playing politics.

Lynch's name came up as a possible contender for the seat of the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy after he died in 2009. But Lynch decided against it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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