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January 19, 2010

Tea Leaves? One of Boston Areas Few Republican-Majority Towns Sees Turnout Approaching Seventy Five Percent

Seventy-five percent? Hope that doesn't dip too much in other reddish areas.

Galvin called voter turnout "brisk," despite the snowy weather. He said turnout probably won't approach the record presidential turnout of about 70 percent, but he said 40-50 percent of the state's voters will make it to the polls.

"We're seeing a very good turnout considering the weather circumstances we're working under. There's a high level of interest. We're particularly seeing a high level of interest in some of the suburban communities. Traditionally, cities tend to vote somewhat later, but we have seen a number of communities, lines and people standing in lines, very patiently in the snow," Galvin said.

In Boston, Galvin said, officials were seeing more than double the turnout they saw during the senate primary in December. In Dover, a community southwest of Boston, officials said they were seeing almost 75 percent turnout.

Wiki notes this about Dover:

Dover is one of the few communities in metro Boston to have more registered Republicans than Democrats.[citation needed]

In 2008 Dover narrowly voted for Democrat Barack Obama with 51% of the vote to Republican John McCain with 48% of the vote. [2]

Dover is located in Norfolk County, which is one of the more conservative counties in Massachusetts.

Obviously this is highly anecdotal. Turnout is the key to this election, and I hope that Brown did not drop the ball on this as Coakley did, when she scotched her chances with her butterfingers political clumsiness.

Thanks to AHFF Geoff.

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