January 19th, 2010
11:18 AM ET
13 years ago

Mass. officials expecting 'pretty good' turnout

Boston (CNN) - Officials in Massachusetts are expecting a "pretty good turnout" Tuesday in the special election between Martha Coakley and Scott Brown to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's U.S. senate seat.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Gavin on Monday predicted that 1.6 to 2.2 million votes would be cast in the pivotal election – more than double the number of votes cast during the primary elections. Gavin also said over 100,000 absentee ballots have been requested, though the actual number that are returend could be lower.

"People are coming out," Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Gavin told CNN on Tuesday. "Although it is hard to tell how well final turnout will be since they vote in waves."

A light snow is falling throughout most of the state, but McNiff says he doesn't think it is enough to keep many of the state's 4.5 million registered voters from casting a ballot. "I think the interest in this election will trump any bad weather," McNiff said.

Filed under: Martha Coakley • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
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  1. JR

    Wait til the votes are counted...Coakley will rout this guy. Don't believe the polls.

    January 19, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Nathan,

    After 8 years of do nothing Republicans in office to not give this President a chance to forward his agenda would be shameful. The Republican candidate has already said that he would vote against Obama. He didn't say he would work for a compromise. Putting him in office would kill any chances of Obama maklng the changes we asked for a year ago. We know the Republicans failed the last 8 years. The Democrats must be given an opportunity to either succeed or fail.

    January 19, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. Obama 2.0

    Vote people get out & vote! There are 3 million people in Haiti that would love to take your place and vote.

    January 19, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Brown wants to go to Washington to play basketball with Obama and that's his political talking point. Sounds just like of the rest of the Republican party, no solutions.

    January 19, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. All the news that is fit to omit

    Live here and for "the first time in my adult life" I may actually be proud of my state for NOT VOTING FOR A STEPFORD DEMOCRAT and actually vote for someone that has a clue about what WE deal with every day.

    Marcia, Marcia, Marcia can go back to her cats and Ted Kennedy posters that adorn her house.

    The rest of us have a life and a future TO SAVE.

    Scott Brown for Senate.

    January 19, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Sam Sixpack

    Why all the ho hum spin on this complete and total pounding? How can you not be elated that somebody might stop the gutting of Medicare? Did you really want, so badly, for someone to pull the plug on your Grandmother?

    January 19, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Miami

    Miami Florida is backing Brown. We have become a weak nation. We need to take our country back. Would have, should have, voted for McCain. It's not to late... We the people are counting on the people of MA to make it happen.

    January 19, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Dave

    QUESTION, If ALL workers have paid into Medicare ALL their working lives, to cover a small percentage of Americans disabled and our Elderly (65+), yet, THAT Government run program is going Bankrupt....How do Democrats expect to cover all Americans without the whole country going broke??? Or they increase Taxes dramatically on all Americans.

    January 19, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    All of this petty politicing is contrived to keep us divided into us and them. It's just a distraction so that the people don't realize that global capitalism is busy stripping the last bits of wealth from the working class and the rapidly diminishing middle class and concentrating it in the hands of the few. They use the illusions of participatory democracy, the "free" market and social mobility to keep us docile while the Wall Street puppeteers pull all the strings. It goes without saying that the media is complicit in all of this. They are just as easily bought as our politicians (on both sides of the aisle). I take solace in the fact that such a system is, ultimately, doomed to collapse. Perhaps this will be the decade where people finally realize how badly they're being used. Or perhaps not. Keep maintaining the status quo, fellow consumerbots, and your situation will be even worse at the end of this decade than it is now. I guarantee it. Have a nice decade!

    January 19, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |

    But the one thing they refuse to tell you is that 36% of the voters here are Democrat, to only 12% Republican. So even though Independents are voting 2 to 1 in favor of Brown, doubtful it's that way, but for arguement's sake, let's assume that, they'd still lose because all the Democrats are also going out to vote today as well. Brown has to win one of the big counties in the Boston metro to have a shot. Suffolk, or Boston, always votes largely democratic, so that county is out. Coakley is from Middlesex, or Cambridge, so that county will be largely hers. Keep in mind 25% of all voters in MA live in that county. So that leaves it up to Norfolk or Quincy and Brookline, good luck with that. I live in Norfolk and proudly voted for Coakley and seemed like many others were voting for her here as well. GO COAKLEY! We sent the right message.

    January 19, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Andrew

    How's the repub voter suppression machine doing in mass. today?

    January 19, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |

    Watch out the fear mongering, civil rights desecrating Neo cons are up to their old tricks again don't vote Browne!

    January 19, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Dave

    Dave here in Springfield. Turnout was really good and a lot of Brown supporters. I'm an independent that usually leans dem but not this time. Never voted for that skunk Teddy anyway. Poetic justice when Brown wins and locks up this healthcare fiasco.

    January 19, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    The bigger the turn out, the better the chances for the Dem. She didn't run a very effective campaign, but can the people of Mass really give kennedy's seat to a Repub? I doubt it.

    January 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Baby Boomer

    To the DEMS in MA, please get out and vote. I get that Coakley is like watching paint dry but we (the rest of the country) need Health Care reform and we need it NOW.

    If you don't remember anything else about the health care bill, just remember it will eliminate "PRE EXISTING CONDITIONS" IMMEDIATELY, as a reason for insurance companies to deny coverage. That's HUGH and it's a great start to getting health care fixed in the US.

    Please don't mess this up just because she's not exciting. Everyone can't be a Kennedy or President Obama...

    January 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. mary

    I am happy that the people are finally standing up to the idiots (DEMS) in Washington, get ready folks because this will happen again at the end of the year.

    January 19, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Jonathan

    Palin is the Anna-Nicole of the Republican Party, no one with a brain wants her anywhere near anything important, keep her on Fox so she and O'really can sit around and discuss how brilliant they are in their bubble.

    January 19, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I don't know but I think Brown is gonna win, say what?!?!

    That would be a big upset, a heck of an upset. I was checking too if they had the matchup where I bet...what do you expect, with $5, you bet it would have been a nice payday. But they didn't, but I know for sure they'll have the Novermber 2010 elections and that'll be sweet! 🙂

    I think it says a lot about our country when I'm finally betting and show the dynamics of how our state of mind is...and is illegal in my state but what are you gonna do about it? Can't do nothing, need money? Then legailze it! You'll definitely love it and ha,ha, ha! You can't do nothing...especially to me.

    January 19, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Tony

    Once he wins we can get to the REAL SOLUTION the GOP has. Thank the good lord the so called Party of NO has slowed down this corrupt administration and congress. I guess the people are the People of NO. As in NO, stop jamming this BS thru and listen to us. I love it when the loony left gets destroyed by their own stupidity.

    January 19, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Lulu'

    I'm from Miami but I'm NOT backing Brown.
    And I don't feel I have lost my Country.......on the contrary..........this Country is trying desperately to get back on track after 8 years of madness.

    Go Martha!!!

    January 19, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Robin

    Come on Mass. send a message loud and clear...The people are FED UP! It is time for a BETTER change.

    January 19, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Today Obama becomes a lame duck. Gotta love it! Taken with the recent elections of Republican governors in VA and NJ, both states Obama campaigned heavily in, this is a rejection of the liberal agenda.

    January 19, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Robert in CT

    Wish I could vote for Brown. I love it when he said he would play basketball with Obama. I realize that is about all Obama can deal with, but Scott, when you are elected, please don't dumb yourself down.

    January 19, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Thorsmom

    I'm an Independent what saddens me is how quickly we forget! What new and/or different or better is Brown bringing to the table?

    January 19, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. nate

    Baby boomers need to get out and vote for Brown, the last thing they should want is more medicare cuts. More cuts mean less doctors willing to lose money for the government.

    January 19, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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