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What are you seeing?

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 07:30:18 AM EST

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A reporter friend often asks, "what are you hearing?"  So I'm asking you, "what are you seeing?"

A couple of reports so far:

A college buddy called me and said there were 20 people lined up to vote in Wilmington at 7 am.  Another friend called me from Dorchester and said as of 7:25 only 10 people had voted.  If this trend keeps up not looking good for Martha.  

Garrett here!
When Jill & I voted this morning at our polling place in Cambridge there were no Coakley, Brown, or Kennedy signs. The number on the machine indicated 57 people had voted already. Sneaking a peek at the voter rolls it look like a large number of unenrolleds voted absentee.  

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Lakeville (0.00 / 0)
A hundred foot line out the door at 7AM opening.  I was #2 to vote in my precinct.

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Littleton (0.00 / 0)
I got in line in Littleton at 6:45 and I was number 10.  By 7:00 when the polls opened there were probably 40 people in line.  This is not good for Coakley - Littleton is definitely Brown country.  There was a feeling of anticipation in the air as people waited to vote.  

The Coakley campaigners seemed somber - the Brown people seemed upbeat and happy.  I'm afraid to hope - this feels like game 7 of the 2004 World Series; fearing for the Bill Buckner or Bucky Dent moment.  

All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

I must have been 5 people behind you in line..... (0.00 / 0)

Ed Markey is now the official 'cheapest' man on earth.  1.5 percent to charity while the average American gave 3 times as much...

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Littleton (0.00 / 0)
You must have been.  I was in the orange North Face jacket.  I wanted to get to the polls early because it felt like Christmas morning.  I really got a positive feeling from the Brown people outside.

All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

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Just voted for Scott Brown in Littleton (0.00 / 0)
I got there at 6:50 am and was #15 in line.  By the time I left at 7:05 am there were about a hundred people standing in line.  Went to the Scott Brown booth set up in the parking lot and spoke to the LRTC Chairman for a few minutes. Thanked him for doing such a great job.  As we spoke many of the people going in to vote were giving us the thumbs up.  

This is going to be a huge turnout.

It's all about the vote today.  No resting until the polls close.

When you vote today - thank all the folks still standing with Scott Brown signs at the polling stations.  They have worked hard and deserve our thanks.....It's snowing and cold and they are still working to make this happen....

Ed Markey is now the official 'cheapest' man on earth.  1.5 percent to charity while the average American gave 3 times as much...

Wakefield Pct 2 (0.00 / 0)
looks like a brisk turnout but bear in mind people vote before they go to work and that tapers off during the day.

"Work is the essence of Man."

I See Snow .. (0.00 / 0)
Yes, its SNOWING in Methuen; feels like Christmas.

Marblehead (0.00 / 0)
There was a line of around 15 people in downtown Marblehead at 7:00 am, but most interestingly there were 5 or 6 Brown supporters with signs and no Coakley supporters.

Norwood (0.00 / 0)
Snowing in Norwood too.  Line of 9 people with more coming across the street in front of the polling place at 6:50AM

Please Keep the Updates Coming... (0.00 / 0)
I'm from Texas and this is the only way I have of knowing what's really going on at the polls. Thanks so much for the info.

Bettina (Beth)

Tewksbury (0.00 / 0)
175 Chandler St. had about 60 in line before the doors opened........I was #5.

......and the traffic jam trying to get outta there was unreal.

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Electric- (0.00 / 0)
Could you connect up with me sometime? I am running against Susan Tucker and am always looking for Tewksbury contacts. My e-mail is

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Watertown Center (0.00 / 0)
I went by at 7:30 and Watertown center was filled with Coakley supporters. Hopefully, some Brown supporters are able to fill some of the space and dilute the appearance of Coakley support.

Is Watertown Center... (0.00 / 0)
a Coakley stronghold? Or is that an area that could go either way?

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Watertown (0.00 / 0)
Watertown and it's neighbor Waltham are interesting...they're not as far left as all the surrouding towns and were the only two towns in that area that went for Hillary in the Presidential primary.  

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Just voted for Scott Brown at MIT (0.00 / 0)
Not much activity here, but it's a pretty small precinct.  As of ~8-9 this morning no Coakley canvassing at Kendall T stop or in font of precinct.  Small Coakley group canvassing Davis Square T stop this morning.

Reading, 7:30 AM (0.00 / 0)
Hard time parking, no line inside. LOTS of people showing up as I was walking out 3 minutes later.

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Reading, 9:30 (0.00 / 0)
Same - parking was slow, but no line inside.  Much bigger turnout than the primary.  8 Brown sign holders; 2 Coakley sign holders. Tons of Brown signs lined the streets leading the the polls; very few Coakley signs.  A feeling of excitement in the air...

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Light turnout in East Boston (0.00 / 0)
Nobody in line at my polling place in Orient Heights, East Boston at 8AM.  

East Boston light turnout (0.00 / 0)
Pct 6 less than 100 ballots cast before 11 a.m. No sign holders for any candidates at Heritage Elderly Housing Apartments in Maverick Square. Democrats are thinking ahead. Sign for Guy Glodis posted at least two Eastie precincts.

Where's the Mayor's vaunted machine? It still has time.  

"Work is the essence of Man."

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Dedham at 8:00 (0.00 / 0)
I vote at a school that serves two districts. I t was doing a brisk business. there was 1 Brown sign and no Coakley signs out front. I talked to the supporter and said thanks for standing out there. We talked for a few minutes. He is in a union as well. His parting comment was "Maybe I should get a sign that says union member for Scott Brown"

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Help (0.00 / 0)
Would you locals mind giving us outside the state an idea of what kind of precinct it is when you post about turnout there?

There (0.00 / 0)
Will be a livestream on the front page I'm sure :)

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North Reading, 7:45AM Turnout 1,200 town wide. (0.00 / 0)

South Boston @ 9AM (0.00 / 0)
Three Poll locations were DEAD!  I was in and out with one other person. Walked by two other polling locations, GHOST TOWN

South Boston @ 9AM (0.00 / 0)
Same story in East Boston when I voted.  Not good for Marcia Croakley, that the Suffolk County turnout is so low.

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south middleboro, 9:45 am (0.00 / 0)
I was #368.

Millis (0.00 / 0)
Huge turnout! Even Coakley sign holders admitting lack of enthusiasm about being there.


Newburyport (0.00 / 0)
I'm glad to see the posts about high turnout in areas Brown needs to carry. I held a sign for Scott at Ward 2 here in Newburyport from 7-9 and will again from 6-8 and there was a fairly brisk turnout. This is Coakley country. The folks didn't seem very enthusiastic about voting for her, but they are showing up.

Updated Methuen : 10AM (0.00 / 0)
VERY busy .. poll workers saying its busiest she has seen it. No lines but definatly a continuos flow at about the max pace (doesnt take very long to finish the ballot, even for me).
TEAM MARSHA just showing up as I was leaving with a truck load of "volunteers" to do the obligatory visibility. I think I was able to spray them with slush ... it was close and they were yelling something. Glad to see that they dont have a shortage of signs as I can use the kindling.

Hanover (0.00 / 0)
Steady turn out. 4 or 5 sign holders for both sides. Two vans with large Brown signs. More Conservative leaning town.

Updated Littleton (0.00 / 0)
My mother voted (for Brown) at around 10:00 and the turnout at that time was about 400.  Littleton has around 8,500 people.  The signholders were gone, but the pollworker said turnout had been strong compared to other elections.  Littleton should be Brown country.

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North Attleboro (0.00 / 0)
at 9:00 was very brisk....had to wait in line to get into the parking lot.  Reminded me of a general election...once 9AM rolls around things usually are pretty quiet...not this year

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Lots of voters in Bridgewater (0.00 / 0)
I'm voting this afternoon as it's easier to vote with the kids during the slow times. However, I did stop by the polls around 7am in Bridgewater to put up a few Scott Brown signs and voter activity was heavy. I even got some waves and thumbs up while sticking the signs into the ground. It'll be interesting to hear what the poll workers think when I got this afternoon.  

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Littleton update (0.00 / 0)
Voted in Littleton at 9:30, not a line but a steady stream of voters.  

The poll workers said that turnout was heavy.

Andover (0.00 / 0)
Was standing out for Brown in front of the High School

Traffic jam on the street out front from before 7 to 10:30 when I left. Turnout had to be high, close to Presidential years.

About 10-15 Brown supporters at all times, including 4 from NH (three of them from N Conway- thanks!!).

Two measly Coakley types (who kept their distance).

Thumbs up for Brown about 3:1 vs look aways or frowns.

Voted in Arlington. (0.00 / 0)
Good number of Coakley signs at my polling location.  No Brown signs.  Although there was a Brown person holding a sign in Arlington Center.  Coakley people were there too.

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Holden - Republican stronghold for you out of staters (0.00 / 0)
I held a sign for a couple hours from 10 to 12 or so and turnout was very brisk.  My demoralized buddy and commie democrat selectman thinks Martha is gonna get killed and he said he has rarely seen turnout this big.  Great news for us here.

Hudson (0.00 / 0)
Lots of traffic Precint 4 at 1pm. Lots of people already voted by check marks I saw on the rolls. Look like a heavy turnout. Saw several of my right-to-life friends, I think that is a good sign.

I think Scott should win everything outside Rt128. Weld-Cellucci Country!

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Sturbridge (0.00 / 0)
Haven't voted yet, but there's steady auto traffic turning off to the Sturbridge Burgess Elementary location.  Obviously, a good turnout.  Even though Sturbridge went for Obama, and also for Governor Patrick, it's actually a strong Republican town.


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Big call out to former Senate President and Democrat Bob Travaglini, without whom this very race wouldn't have been possible.

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Methuen-7 (0.00 / 0)
700 have voted in precinct 7 in Methuen as of 2:40pm.  The poll workers said turnout is higher so far then it was for last falls mayoral/city council elections.      

Weather (0.00 / 0)
Could become an issue up north as the day wears on.

It has been snowing steadily since my morning commute and hasn't stopped in Chelmsford.

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