Joseph Selvaggi of Boston will challenge Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) in November's general election after defeating Republican opponent Matt Temperley in a tight 8th Congressional District race in Thursday's State Primary.
Selvaggi took 59 percent of the District's vote compared to Temperley who received 41 percent, according to election results from Boston.com.
Lynch was unopposed in the Democratic Party primary.
The new 8th District (comprised of much of the old 9th District) includes the town of Stoughton.
In Stoughton, Selvaggi received 266 votes compared to Temperley's 144 votes. There were 60 "blanks" cast and one write-in.
"I'm thrilled with the results," Selvaggi said. "I could not have done it without the hard work of the people from the cold phase of getting nominations and signatures to those people who have held signs for me."
Selvaggi believes Lynch is not doing a sufficient job as Congressman and believes he can unseat him in November.
“I have met Congressman Lynch and I like his story of working his way up form very humble start…however, as our representative in Congress there is no doubt that Congressman Lynch is part of the old guard political machine,” Selvaggi said earlier this week. “He has been in Congress since 2001 and has not had a single bill that he has directly sponsored become law.”
Election Day is November 6.
Stoughton Patch editor Jeffrey Pickette contributed reporting.