Mass. voters re-elect Barney Frank to 16th term

Massachusetts Republican candidate for the fourth congressional district Sean Bielat, center, greets supporters at the conclusion of a campaign rally, in Taunton, Mass., Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Bielat will face Democrat incumbent candidate Barney Frank in Tuesday's general election. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Massachusetts Republican candidate for the fourth congressional district Sean Bielat, center, greets supporters at the conclusion of a campaign rally, in Taunton, Mass., Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Bielat will face Democrat incumbent candidate Barney Frank in Tuesday's general election. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (Steven Senne - AP)

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The Associated Press
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 10:52 PM

BOSTON -- U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, a favorite target of conservatives, is going back to Washington for a 16th term after beating back one of the toughest re-election campaigns of his nearly three decades in office.

Voters in Massachusetts rejected a GOP challenge from political newcomer Sean Bielat (BEE'-lat).

Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, had emerged as one of Capitol Hill's most powerful Democrats while shepherding both the Wall Street overhaul bill and one of the nation's most sweeping financial regulatory bills through the House.

That role helped make the 70-year-old a lightning rod for conservatives. Republicans gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Bielat, a 35-year-old businessman and former U.S. Marine.


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