Tisei optimistic in tight race for 6th congressional district

Voters will decide a key congressional race for the 6th congressional district in Massachusetts.

Republican candidate Richard Tisei made one of his last campaign stops in Saugus on Election Day.

Tisei lost to John Tierney by a razor-thin margin in 2012 and was hoping Tuesday night would be different.

“I feel really good, I feel like we have momentum on our side and I feel as though people are ready for a change right now, and they’re turning out in order to do that,” Tisei said.

This is Tisei’s second run for Congress in Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District.

He lost by one point to incumbent Congressman John Tierney two years ago. This time, he faces retired Marine and Harvard graduate Seth Moulton.

“If you want to change Washington you need more than a fresh face, you need someone who is really committed to moving the country in a different direction,”

Tisei spent 26 years in the state legislature, most recently as the minority leader. If elected, he would be the only Republican in the Massachusetts delegation, which he says gives him an edge.

“We don’t have anybody sitting at the table when decisions are being made for this district and this state. I think I can bring those issues off the back burner front and center and do a good job delivering for this district and for Massachusetts,” he said.

Tisei calls himself an independent leader for Congress.