Massachusetts Election Results 2012

How might the U.S. Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren affect the presidential race—and vice-versa? Find out what local politicos think, and check here late for election results. Connect with us on Twitter at #PatchElections.

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While Massachusetts is expected to go to Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the race for President of the United States, influential Massachusetts political insiders have varying opinions on how the U.S. Senate race between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren will affect the presidential race, and vice versa.

According to results from the Blue Commonwealth and Red Commonwealth surveys sent out last week and compiled today, Monday, 60 percent of the 23 local Republicans who responded think that the Brown-Warren race will result a modest increase in votes for Romney, while 40 percent of the 20 local Democrats who responded think the U.S. Senate race will increase Obama's total of Bay State votes, with almost 24 percent saying it will be a "big" increase for the president.

In 2008, Massachusetts voted heavily Democratic, with more than 1,894,000 voters casting ballots for the Obama-Biden team, accounting for 62 percent of the vote. Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin earned nearly 1,105,908 votes, accounting for 36 percent of the vote. According to statistics collected by the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth's office, voter turnout was about 73.5 percent that year.

In the January 2010 special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the late Ted Kennedy, Scott Brown defeated Martha Coakley with 1,168,107 votes, or 51.9 percent, to her 1,058,682 votes, or 47.1 percent.

Asked in the survey the effect that the presidential race would have on the Brown-Warren race, 85 percent of local Democrats say they think it will lead to an increase in votes for Warren. On the other side of the aisle, 43.5 percent of Republicans think the presidential race will lead to an increase in votes for Brown, while 34.8 percent of Republicans think it will lead to an increase in votes for Warren.

Other down-ballot races that will affect the presidential race in Massachusetts, according to both local Democrats and Republicans, include the Congressional races pitting John Tierney, Richard Tisei and Daniel Fishman against one another in the Sixth District; and also the battle for the seat being vacated by Barney Frank in the Fourth District: Joe Kennedy III, Sean Bielat and David A. Rosa.

As for how Obama and Romney's campaigns have run their advertising campaigns in Massachusetts, both sides were generally happy with their candidate. Sixty-five percent of local Democrats said that Obama has run a better advertising campaign during the general election, while 86.4 percent of local Republicans said Romney ran the better advertising campaign.

For their final thoughts, some Republicans raised the specter of voter fraud, with comments including "I am concerned about the integrity of the vote, especially in the cities" and "Watch for voter fraud in Lynn." Other Republicans expressed confidence in Romney's ability to pull out a victory and said that the presidential election will affect other down-ballot races, including the Massachusetts ballot questions.

Several Democrats expressed relief that the election will soon be over, with comments including "Can't wait for it to be over!" and similar confidence about Obama's ability to pull out a victory. Politicos on both side of the aisle also expressed disappointment about the onslaught of negative ads during this election year.

And one survey respondent had a request: "Please encourage all Patch readers, regardless of party, to vote Tuesday."

Stay with Patch all day Tuesday as editors update with news and information from local polling places. We will have live election results after the polls close at 8 p.m.

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Updates from the Polls

4 p.m. Scott Brown's supporters, along with several Elizabeth Warren supporters, descended on the Reeves Elementary School in Woburn today for one last campaign stop.  for his sixth, and final, stop on the campaign trail before polls close tonight.

3:56 p.m. The leader of Senator Scott Brown's office in Jamaica Plain says she and other observers have seen "cheating and fraud" at several Dorchester polls. "There's an abundance of unregistered voters," Gina Sierra-Nova said in a phone interview with JP Patch. "I can't believe it." Sierra-Nova said unregistered voters were filling out affidavits and showing licenses to cast provisional ballots at the fire house polling station at 7 Parish St. and Pasciucco Apartments on Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. That's actually the legal process for voters whose names aren't on the rolls in Boston, not fraud. But Sierra-Nova said she expects the required follow-up on the affidavits, in which the Boston Election Department matches the names given to records, might not be carried through.

3:28 p.m. Elizabeth Warren visited the "JP for Warren" headquarters in Jamaica Plain today—here are some photos taken by Warren volunteers.

1:40 p.m. Republican US Senator Scott Brown's campaign bus pulled into the Holy Name Rotary in West Roxbury to the chants of supporters mid-Tuesday morning.

11:52 a.m. Voting was slowed at the Tewksbury Library this morning when the ballot machine for Precinct 4 stopped functioning and would not accept ballots. According to Town Clerk Denise Graffeo, a memory card in the machine failed and would not allow ballots to be accepted. Once the machine was repaired all of the ballots cast so far had to be removed from the machine and re-submitted by hand, by an election worker, for the new memory card. 

11:21 a.m. Republican Sean Bielat, who is running against Joe Kennedy for the 4th Congressional District seat vacated by Barney Frank, stopped at the Freedman School in Norfolk along with his wife Hope and two young children Theo and Seraphina to cast their ballots for the general election. “I think I made the right choices in the voting booth. Feel good about who we voted,” Bielat said about voting.

11:11 a.m. Somerville Patch captures a photo this morning of Katherine Lochery, who originally comes from High Wycombe in the UK. She recently became a U.S. citizen and was standing in line on Highland Avenue Tuesday to vote in her first American election. She'd been waiting for half an hour when this photo was taken and was only half way through the line. Despite the cold and the wait, "It actually feels kind of cool," she said about her first election. "It's really a cool feeling."

11:08 a.m. Sudbury Patch reports via Twitter: "Problems at Town Hall polling station. Ballot machine for Precinct 3 is jammed. Prec. 3 ballots will be hand counted today."

10:22 a.m. Great photo gallery of Mitt Romney and his wife Ann voting at the Beech Street Center in his hometown of Belmont this morning.

10:00 a.m. Patch has a video of Romney inside his Belmont polling place today getting ready to cast his vote.

9:50 a.m. Patch is all over Massachusetts today covering the election and we have run into many national and Massachusetts figures. Check out our photo gallery we'll be adding to of pols at the polls.

9:45 a.m.: Gov. Deval Patrick, his wife Diane and his daughter Katherine were among the voters casting their ballots early this morning in Milton.

8:44 a.m. Patch is live tweeting from from inside and outside the Beech Street Center in Belmont where Mitt Romney will cast his vote this morning. Check out our reports from the scene. 

8:34 a.m. Sen. Scott Brown kicked off his Election Day early this morning by voting at the Delaney School. Arriving around 7:15 a.m. with his wife Gail Huff and daughter Ariana, the Senator and his family had to wait a little bit as the line to vote did extend out of the Delaney School gym and almost out of the school's entrance.


     Race       Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results U.S. President


61% Romney-Ryan 38% U.S. Senate


54% Brown 46% Answer Results Answer Results Question 1: 'Right to Repair'


85% No 15% Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 49% No 51% Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 63% No 37%
Amber November 12, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Can we have a list of what you consider deletable obscenities, please?
M C Stringfellow November 12, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Thank God it wasn't you on the bllot. Racism is not about color. It incorporates a multitude of thinking. Rednecks are considered racist, One could make an argument that Boston was racist(on two counts) against the Irish and Catholics back in the 1850's, or the Chinese that were brought over to build the railroad and treated like dirt. The Black population in this country certainly have had more than their share. To be a racist, one has to be able to instill fear into a group to keep them in line LIke the KKK did for years in the South. Are you a racist, probably not. What history books did your dad have and who published them. Jewish people have been moneylenders since before Jesus Christ. Truth be told, they are good at making money. I'm good at research. My husband was good with Math and Computers. It's not their fault if the rest of us are lousy at doing the same. You can state that Bush's family sold arms to Germany and overlook GE and its deals with Iran and all the money it gave to the Obama elections.
Richard W. Lunt November 12, 2012 at 08:57 PM
The story in the freerepublic alludes to the fact of President Obama won last tuesday's election through voter fraud, I'm not surprised though, the liberals are the poster people of voter fraud.
SomervilleGirl November 12, 2012 at 09:03 PM
DAD, Too many times Republicans tuck in a clause and say that they are for a bill--when the clause would deter any significant change. This happened when Capuano was running for senate. It was on abortion. It happens all the time. They are never satisfied until the poor, disabled and elderly are handing over all of their cash--or working at Walmart in wheelchairs--and don't get sick, they will leave you for dead, before they pay for your healthcare. That was Alan Grayson's speech a few years ago. I'm glad he's back in politics. He should keep pushing for auditing the federal reserve. Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE3oiKuU8UI The problem is GREED. The solution is vote them out of office permanently. If Johnson can get a footing next term as a Libertarian, I would consider voting for him if Obama can't get this country to turn around. But I believe his hands are tied to Wall Street, Banking and Corporate bidding. JFK was the only president who dare to go up against them and the war in Vietnam. We know how that turned out. If the Rep house and Dem senate are split, there is not much that can be agreed upon.
Amber November 12, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Don't forget, they want to deny women birth control and abortions because it is murder, but they are fine with them having babies they can't feed and letting kids starve to death after they're born rather than give them "handouts". Because, you know, we're all God's children and part of His Plan...His Plan just happens to mesh with theirs, which is "we only care about you if you're a shareholder, politician, lobbyist, or investor".


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