January 19th, 2010
03:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Turnout Update: Over 55k in Boston

Boston (CNN) - The state secretary of state's office tells CNN there continues to be a steady turnout for Tuesday's election.

"Turnout has been pretty good," said Brian McNiff, a spokesman for the office.

The noon report from Boston showed 55,309 voting so far - a number that is just 3,000 under the turnout for the 2006 midterm election.

There were predictions of low turnout because of the time of year of the election is being held and the wintry weather.

The secretary of state's office had predicted a turnout in the range of 1.6-2.2 million, and McNiff says the numners today appear to be falling within that estimate.

Filed under: Massachusetts
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Chris - MN

    From what I'm seeing on this and other sites, the teabag crowd has already decided the election is over and if it doesn't go their way, it can only be attributed to acorn. Cute.

    January 19, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Stop the Nonsense

    MASSACHUSETTS- Please think before you vote. This is not just healthcare- Its the Supreme Court, Social issues, the war, A woman's right to chose, Gays in the military.
    Vote your values, not an issue!

    January 19, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Jimmy James

    My wife and I just got back from voting. The turnout seemed good but oddly there were no Coakley supporters outside with signs. Only Brown. Don't know if that is a indication of her bad campaigning or not. Either way I voted and regardless of the outcome I truly believe this woke up Washington and will make them pay closer attention to what the public wants. They have ignored us for a year now.

    January 19, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    Dear Massachusettes,

    These idiot right wingers ar giving "Tea Parties" a bad name. Don't let the m give Mass a bad name as well get out and keep your senator on the right side of history. Remember tat with Nixon it was "Don't blame me I'm from Mass" If you elect that bozo Brown it will be just the opposite!!!!

    January 19, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. eric

    Down down down, going down down down, the dems in DC are going down. when the public has a say, time for dems to go away, oh the dems are goin down down down

    Woooo Hooooo

    January 19, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Voters are mad because nothing is getting done?

    With one party saying NO NO NO NO NO, how can anything get done?

    January 19, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. stevegee

    The liberal elites in Washington needed a wakeup call, and Massachusetts will deliver - with Scott Brown!

    Go Scott go!

    January 19, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Sam Sixpack

    Why all the sad faces? Perhaps the healthcare scam can now be derailed and we won't pull the plug on your Grandmother after all.

    January 19, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Brown's supporters at a rally wanted to ram a curling iron up Coakley's butt.

    Nice people, huh

    January 19, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. SAHEL


    January 19, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Boston papers trying to call this for thw democrat today. Keep voting , turn back Obama.

    January 19, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. JohnP

    I always thought that Mass democrats could run an Irish setter in an election and still win. Nice to see that that they are finally learning that it's time for CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN.

    January 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Laura, Boston

    If Brown wins or loses it should serve as a wake up call that Americans are not going to take it anymore.

    It goes to show that we will cross party lines if policies do not benefit the people. People hate yes hate this HC bill as it is. Will the dems wake up if Brown wins by a large margin? I hope so, if they value their seats. Otherwise they will be unemployed like the millions of Americans.

    Tell the President that not all people CAN buy a truck...only people with money like him!

    Go Brown!

    January 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Mark

    They already have a video on you tube of a hispanic woman passing out ballots and telling people to vote for Coakley.....same guys who video taped the black panthers at a poll during the presidential election. Acorn/SEIU/Black Panthers will steal this election.

    January 19, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Dan

    I just voted and it looks like Brown has the most supporters holding signs. I only saw one rather cold and miserable woman holding a Coakley sign. Hopefully this will be good news for Conservatives. Obama has been ignoring people for far to long

    January 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Matt

    Chris – no acorn here. Scott got out and met with his constituents, he probably even asked them what their major concerns were. Meanwhile MC sat idle thinking she could coast in on Teddy Ks legacy.

    Scott's victory will be in direct proportion to his efforts on the campaign trail. It's amazing what you can acheive politically if you just listen to what the people want!

    January 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Jim - from MA

    My wife and I voted earlier today and the turn out was good even at 7:30am. As a reply to "Stop the Nonsense" Get grip. The one party system doesn't work and is NOT the American way.

    Obama promised transparency then delivered back room closed door meetings with just his party. Since there won't be a super majority if Brown wins, a vote for Brown is a vote for open honest negotiation on future legislation.

    January 19, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. clinton

    a woman's right to choose? what about a babies right to live? also obviously you have not payed that much attention, brown is pro-choice you dingbat.

    January 19, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. John-MA

    So the teabag crowd against big government and higher taxes that sparked the revolution was good and the teabag crowd against big government and higher taxes now is bad.

    January 19, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. joe

    In reference to stop the Nonsense comment, this is a vote for values not just the health care issue as you seem to indicate. It is much more. It is a oneseided legislature and presidency that intent on stuffing everything they want downthe throat of the American people even if the American peoplein all polls clearly indicate that this is not what they want. You asked for it and now the American peole, not just Mass are showing their prefernce. If you think this is bad wait until the November elections.

    January 19, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Chris - Denver

    Teabag logic: If the Democrats aren't doing a good enough job cleaning up the huge mess left by the Republicans, put the Republicans back in charge. I don't get it.

    January 19, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. T'SAH from Virginia


    Please – the TEABAGGERS represent the minority – otherwise, you will see more diversity when they PROTEST!!! To Vote for THEM now would set us back 200 years!!!

    Think before you PRESS THE BUTTON!!! It's not only health care, it's all of our values!!!

    January 19, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. John Galt

    America... this is not Ted Kennedy's seat! It was a seat of the people of Massachusetts entrusted to Ted Kennedy. Dems feel it is their seat. All the chatter from CNN Talking Heads suggest that if Brown wins he will be taking a seat from the Kennedy Klan or from the Dems. Its the PEOPLE'S SEAT. Don't forget at one time the proud line heard around the world about this great democracy was that is was " For the People, By The People and Of The People". How far we have strayed from our roots. Is Pelosi of the American People ? Is Reed of the People? Both have ratings below 30%! I weep for my country! Time to take it back Who ever is elected they need to be of the people. It doesn't matter whether they have a "D" or and "R". Just have and "A" instead. A for American!

    January 19, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Massachusetts Conservative

    Chris...you lose all credibility with the term teabag. Why is it when a Democrat gets defeated, the liberals turn to name-calling and conspiracy theories? Can you guys lose an election with dignity? Oh wait...you are from Minnesota...you'd rather go to court and have dozens of re-counts until your guy wins. My bad.

    Hey CNN...why is it that whenever you run a Palin story and it generates 300 comments in 45 minutes you keep marking it with "UPDATES" when nothing changes? Oh, right...to make sure it is the 1st story on the Ticker all day long! Your fascination with Palin and the desire to deflect bad news away from liberals (MA Senate race) is surpassed only by the desire to generate hundreds of mean-spirited vile comments about Palin.

    January 19, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. valwayne

    The nation owes the voters of MA a thank you. The closeness of the election has sent a wakeup call to Obama and Congress that the arrogance is not acceptable and the corruption must end. If the people of MA actually elect Scott Brown the nation will truly be in their debt. Obama and the Democrats will then have a message only an idiot or a blind ideologue would ignore. Let's hope the people of MA stay true to their revolutionary roots!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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