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The Mad Crapper
01-17-2010, 12:41 PM
Turnout could hit as high as 70 percent Tuesday in the high-stakes U.S. Senate battle between Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and GOP state Sen. Scott Brown, according to some local election officials.

Absentee ballot requests have increased - on par with levels ordinarily seen in a presidential election - some town clerks say. And town and city halls were buzzing last week with people voting and asking questions about registration in advance of the election to fill the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s seat, said Theodora Eaton, president of the state’s city and town clerk’s association.

“I wasn’t anticipating the interest that has developed,” said Needham town clerk Eaton, who processed 1,000 absentee ballots and expects up to 70 percent turnout.


“We’ll see well over what was originally expected,” for turnout said Braintree town clerk Joseph F. Powers, attributing the high level of voter interest to TV ads and media attention.

Gerry Cuddyer, chairwoman of the board of election commissioners in Boston, processed 4,800 absentee ballots and has been flooded with calls from voters checking their registration.

“That would indicate to me that turnout may be higher than expected,” she said.

Turnout is crucial in the tight race, which also has the candidates facing the unusual challenge of a special January election after a holiday weekend.

On Election Day, Coakley will have workers in every state Senate district, “reaching out to their volunteers,” said spokeswoman Alex Zaroulis.

Unions will be calling voters, holding signs and dropping literature, Robert Haynes, president of the state AFL-CIO, said yesterday.

“The next three-and-a-half days, no one is resting,” he said.

Brown has been touring the state on his Bold New Leadership tour bus. Out-of-state Tea Party activists were planning to campaign on his behalf this weekend.

“We’re feeling the momentum and our get-out-the-vote effort reflects that as we reach out to independent-minded voters across the Commonwealth,” spokesman Felix Browne said in a statement.

Both campaigns are battling for independents, who make up 50 percent of the state’s 4.1 million voters.

A Suffolk University/Channel 7 News poll released Friday showed Brown has 65 percent of independent votes to Coakley’s 30 percent. He led by 4 points overall.

Right now, independents are “fueling Scott Brown’s surge,” said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.



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patteeu
01-18-2010, 06:52 AM
Coakley is probably helped by high turnout. If there is high turnout and she still loses, it will be pretty impressive.

BucEyedPea
01-18-2010, 08:23 AM
Yep, high turnout favors Dems. However, I read an analysis about turnout and apparently it doesn't always favor them. It has at times favored Rs. Example is RR and Obama elections. So if there's a lot of unhappiness with a certain party the opposite party is favored.

The Mad Crapper
01-18-2010, 08:25 AM
Yep, high turnout favors Dems. However, I read an analysis about turnout and apparently it doesn't always favor them. It has at times favored Rs. Example is RR and Obama elections. So if there's a lot of unhappiness with a certain party the opposite party is favored.

The paradigm has shifted.

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ROYC75
01-18-2010, 12:17 PM
I want Brown to win but the Obo machine will still pass the HC bill through....... They want it that bad, even against the majority of the peoples will. Just what American needs to take back the WH & CH in 2010 & 2012!