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%
SomervilleGirl November 12, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Oh, John. Don't be so dramatic. Have a fresh crying towel. It will be alright. My pal, the retired Wall Street exec has been debate these issues with me for the past six years when we met. He still holds on to the concept that is does not matter which party wins--they are all in the same briar patch with the fox and rabbits. There was no choice for me in this election. I am a single woman trying to repair 10 years of financial ruin due to a "preventative" mass layoff (x 20 million nationwide),. I know Wall Street is to blame for most of it and until our representatives put these bums in jail, I will not rest. Those of us who continue to struggle to make ends meet--want real change in DC, in banking and in the federal reserve, who btw sat back and did nothing while fiscal bombs went off globally due to all their backroom thuggery and schemes. Triple "A" rating in Norway, remember that debacle? Many should go to prison for that and are living the fat life somewhere in hiding. Bernie Madoff did not act alone. A fireman from my town told me he lost over $200k on his pension. Those stories are upsetting to me. You won't see the FOX news cameraman showing up at his front door for an interview, though, will you? No, they are too busy depicting all our fiscal woes on the illegals and welfare recipients. It's much bigger than that and you won't learn the truth because they gagged DC into silence with "You need us to fix the economy", BS. How are they doing so far?
SomervilleGirl November 12, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Diana, You are hysterical! Thanks for the much needed humor. In your previous comments to J Mac...some of the best! I guess the only woman he likes is Sarah Palin.
SomervilleGirl November 12, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Owen, I grew up on public transportation since mom didn't believe in driving, we always walked to the grocery store and carried bags home. Having a car is a matter of convenience when you have appointments during the work day, but I manage fine without it and use it when I need to. The problems we face now is the infrastructure cannot handle the amount of people who are moving into our cities. We have traffic jams everywhere and safety of pedestrians, motorist and bicyclists is being compromised. A college student was hit by a car not far from where I live, just days ago. Our roadways are antiquated and we need permanent traffic devices in place to assure people can travel without injury and needless delays. There are more development projects underway and pending approval. It is beneficial to have an influx of diversity, but at a pace which neighborhoods can handle. Developers have a sharp eye on the real estate values here and it's not a good situation for most retirees and middle income homeowners. For some, who have improved their properties, our taxes have tripled in just 7 years. Without an increase of income, it's hard to balance a budget. People can only cut so much of their spending. Most don't feel like they are earning anything at all since most gets turned over in bills and taxes.
John Merrett November 12, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Question 2 should have passed, because after Warren and Kennedy were finished "managing" our lives,- how large our sodas should be, how much of the money you earn you can still keep,...a lot of Mass. residents will want assisted suicide, oh well,...there's always relocating!
Zombie Dogs November 12, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Equivocating the loss of your preferred presidential candidate to rape is irresponsible and does damage to the position you work to support. Great Job!
Diana November 12, 2012 at 04:52 PM
And if you're too lazy to do either of those things, there's always whining on the internet!
Avon Barksdale November 12, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Zombie, I think I agree with you, but I don't think "equivocating" means what you think it means.
Zombie Dogs November 12, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Ha, sorry, it's equating.
John Merrett November 12, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Isn't it good to have options?
John Merrett November 12, 2012 at 06:39 PM
As long as I can use my EBT card at one of Deval's casino's, life is good.
John Merrett November 12, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Mass. was the Bay State, but now it's the state of low expectations.
SomervilleGirl November 12, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Diana, I agree, the Republican Party should meet the Democrats half-way on these issues. They cannot expect the majority of people in this country to roll back time to a prehistoric era when gays were living in closets, women were chained to steaming pots and dirty diapers. They can always move to Alaska and hunt wolves with Caribou Barbie.
Amber November 12, 2012 at 07:22 PM
A friend of mine summed it up best: "The United States of America is no longer a nation, it's a collection of competing corporations who don't give a damn about their neighbors." I would hasten to add: "or their employees", and in some cases, "or their customers". Long gone are the days of "the customer is always right." Now it's, "the politician/vote is always for sale" and "the lobbyist with the deepest pockets wins". Term limits, NO pay/pensions/benefits, and SHUT the revolving door (www.opensecrets.org/revolving/).
Amber November 12, 2012 at 07:26 PM
He had my vote. Apparently that makes me one of 24 thinking people in Westford. ;)
Amber November 12, 2012 at 07:31 PM
John Merrett November 12, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Patrick said you cannot use the EBT at strip clubs,...that would be wrong, but you can still withdraw cash at any ATM so casino's will be successful. Mass. can't seem to tell the difference between knowledge and wisdom!
Ron Powell November 12, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Yes and no. It is good that ethnic minorities can know that they have a "voice" in this election; it's bad that we are now so divided. As I wrote, there are more than 200 Congressional Republicans in predominantly white districts with no incentive to compromise with the President on taxes. If they do, they will lose votes. If they refuse to compromise, they will be carrying out the will of the majority of the voters in their districts. The same holds true for Congressional Democrats. They can oppose any reform of entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security -- and let's be clear that rising costs of Medicare especially is what is blowing up the deficit -- and still win the support of their districts. I'm trying to look for that happy center where none of us get everything we want but we are all better off for reaching an agreement. I also mention the pending Cadillac tax, which might affect half of all Massachusetts employees by 2018, and will be devastating to middle class families. The next step is for our congressional delegation to lobby for relief for Massachusetts residents. But I don't see how we build a coalition that constitutes a majority in the House and Senate.
mplo November 12, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Sorry to burst your bubble, Somervillegirl, but the Democratic Party, like the GOP, has been bought out by both the huge corporations and the war chest. It's not the Democratic Party of old. Moreover, all of the good Democrats have been re-districted out by the Democrats' gerrymandering and re-districting. We can no longer only blame this whole mess on the Republicans, because the Democrats, too, including President Obama, bear equal responsibility.
John Merrett November 12, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I'm confused, ...more banks contributed to Obama than to Romney and when Bush added $4 Trillion to the debt, Obama said Bush was "unpatriotic" and then added $6 Trillion ro the debt and Obama screamed about torture, but is using unmanned drones to kill innocents, but no one says a word, ...boy, this politics stuff is sure confusing!
Ron Powell November 12, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Both candidates were bought and paid for by Goldman Sachs. Why do you think the President wants to raise income tax rates on the wealthiest 2 percent but leave the capital gains rate alone? Because he knows that these people will simply move more of their money into the market to pay the lower tax rate. Wealthy Americans won't pay more taxes, and Wall Street wins. But progressives eat it up anyway.
DAD November 12, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Why the one way street ? The Republicans should meet the democrats half-way, But the democrats don't bend at all . Therefore the Republicans must give in 100% to the democrats 0% . Is that the way you see it?
Amber November 12, 2012 at 08:20 PM
It's casinos, not casino's. Given that gambling is basically a tax for people who are bad at math, if they are stupid enough to gamble, they are just feeding the tax dollars they've been given back into the system - something anti-welfare types should be all over.
John Merrett November 12, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Obama is Romney is Wall Street. The reforms we need are major such as abolishing the IRS and the Fed. who are the enablers in this economy. Obama is a bag boy for the international banking cartel, as was Bush, they just put a black face on it to sell it to the X Factor crowd.
Steve Cavanagh November 12, 2012 at 08:29 PM
He'll be running for the Senate again if Kerry gets appointed as Secretary of State. I only voted for Warren because I was annoyed at the US Chamber of Commerce sending out flyers claiming she was a "threat to free enterprise" and did not want the Senate in Republican hands. I think we need people who can get deals done in Washington, and Brown seems to be that kinds of Senator. Too bad we got new Senators like Ted Cruz in TX, instead of people like Brown and the retiring Olympia Snowe.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) November 12, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Comments have been deleted due to violations of the terms of use. Please do not use obscenities. Thanks.
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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