Tsongas’ widow wins House seat

From Times Wire Reports

The widow of 1992 presidential candidate Paul Tsongas defeated the brother of an American Airlines pilot who died in the Sept. 11 attacks in a special election for the U.S. House.

Democrat Niki Tsongas won with 51% compared with 45% of the votes for Republican Jim Ogonowski with all precincts reporting.

Flanked by three daughters and relatives, Tsongas said she was humbled by her victory but eager to help the district’s residents. Tsongas, 61, could be sworn in as early as Wednesday to fill the northeastern Massachusetts district seat once held by her husband.

Ogonowski’s brother John died when his plane was flown into the World Trade Center.


The seat was left empty in July when Democrat Martin Meehan resigned to become chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.