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.


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  1. John in Indy

    Vote your values???? what values would those be? murder of the innocent, forced servitude of minority classes due to social wellfare, continued pillage of the national treasury? socialist liberals, I LOVE your values!

    January 19, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. WENDELL

    Who cares? They're all the same. I didn't used to think so, but Obama has proven it with his record defense spending and handouts to crooked bankers. What a sad joke.

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

    Coakley I am rooting for you. The Dems is not going let Kennedy's seat be occupied by a rethuglican nobody. So what he's a good looker, Palin is too but you can run an office on the brains of a bird.

    January 19, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Washington has no control over the weather(snow or rain) in Massachusetts which may account for low voter turnout. However, the Obama administration is attempting to control and fix the mess GWB & Company left.

    January 19, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Ian

    Get it straight. It's health insurance reform, not health care reform.

    January 19, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Some republican guy

    Goldangit! Now I don't live in Massachusetts but I've been there a few times when I took the grandbabies to Cape Cod. The whole state is full of narcisstic obamabots, Oprah watching union thigs and illeagle aliens from ACORN!!!!! I'm sick of paying taxes so that they can have they're socialistic programs like fire departments, public schools and interstate highways!!!!! Wise up people before we all have to wear buray hats and Chay Guegvarro t-shirts like them!!!!! If you don't believe me just go to a blue state and see how they drive!!!!! Have a nice day!

    January 19, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Perusing-through

    CAN'T BARE TO WATCH: 🙁

    This one Democratic Senate-candidate who waited until the last week to get out and shake hands; has allowed another Bush-Cheney ditto-head into the halls of politics, so he can:

    (1.) – vote against health reform and thereby allowing 45,000 working class Americans per year to die due to a lack of health coverage.
    (2.) – vote against taxes on the "too-big-to-fail" banks for retrieving tax payers money from the hands bonus-happy CEO's,
    (3.) – provide another vote for the Republicans to start another war,
    (4.) – vote to help corporations move their American jobs overseas,
    (5.) – return the Republicans back to their same ways of hugging up to fat-cat corporate lobbyist at the expense of middle-class Americans.

    January 19, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Perusing-through

    CAN'T BARE TO WATCH: 🙁 This one Democratic Senate-candidate who waited until the last week to get out and shake hands; has allowed another Bush-Cheney ditto-head into the halls of politics, so he can:

    (1.) – vote against health reform and thereby allowing 45,000 working class Americans per year to die due to a lack of health coverage.
    (2.) – vote against taxes on the "too-big-to-fail" banks for retrieving tax payers money from the hands bonus-happy CEO's,
    (3.) – provide another vote for the Republicans to start another war,
    (4.) – vote to help corporations move their American jobs overseas,
    (5.) – return the Republicans back to their same ways of hugging up to fat-cat corporate lobbyist at the expense of middle-class Americans.

    January 19, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. jason

    "They have ignored us for a year now"

    Mr James, I wouldn't count on it. Democrats clearly don't care what people want. They are already trying to find away around the health care issue. They have bought votes from their own party. Ben Nelson might as while retire. Democrats are struggling in Massachusetts. The writing is on the wall, yet they don't care.

    The mood of the country simply does not matter. All that we can do, is candidate by candidate vote democrats out. I know I'm a independent and I'm not voting for them.

    January 19, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Jim c

    What must teddy think?

    January 19, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Sam Sixpack

    Just as soon as the lying weasels get the healthcare scam rammed through, they will all retire on the money that was supposed to go to your Grandmother's health care.

    This vote shows that every day, a few more people wake up and realize there is no free lunch – the healthcare "reform" con artists are trying to rob us.

    January 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. B.O.canUhearUSnow

    LOL .. If Brown even comes close let alone wins ...Poor Teddy is rolling in his whiskey bottle right now. Get ready for the excuse's and hatred from the loon's for Mass saying no thank you to there agenda even they know the looning left has over taken there Democratic party.

    January 19, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. All the news that is fit to omit

    Real simple libtards, you have had the HOUSE and SENATE for four years and we have GONE DOWN THOSE FOUR YEARS, not an OPINION, but a FACT.

    2001-2006 we had RECORD quarters of growth, unprecedented in our HISTORY, MORE CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS OF GROWTH by George W Bush. DO some homework.

    The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people's money.

    Scott Brown, MY NEXT SENATOR.

    January 19, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Sam Sixpack

    Beginning to look like you can only fool all of the people some of the time.

    January 19, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Repubhypocrites

    I bet Ted Kennedy is turning in his grave at the thought that MA will undo everything he has worked for nearly 50 years. The only thing Brown and the repubs care about is derailing anything Obama fights to get for the middle class, and Stalling the healthcare debate. When will you dumb Americans and some independents realize all repubs care about are the top 1% and wealthy. George Bush and the repubs had 8 years to fix things, including healthcare. Guess what, they didnt. So now, what ideas have they offered other than stall tactics? Do you expect Obama and congress to fix this mess in 1 year? I'd rather take this reform than leave healthcare the way it is. Ma will you deny 40mil americans healthcare? I swear Americans have short term memory and shoot themselves in the foot. You are "worried" about jobs and the economy-guess how it got this way-REPUBLICANS.

    Please stop saying/using polls Americans dont want this reform. We DO want reform. And you repubs dont want to start over, you want reform debate to go so long that it dies.
    VOTE Coakley-Otherwise do what repubs would and rush it through!!

    January 19, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    "LOL .. If Brown even comes close let alone wins ...Poor Teddy is rolling in his whiskey bottle right now. Get ready for the excuse's and hatred from the loon's for Mass saying no thank you to there agenda even they know the looning left has over taken there Democratic party."

    Somebody didn't pay attention in there English class's. Have a nice day!

    January 19, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Dan Holiday

    Hmmmm...teabagger? Rethuglican? Repuglican? What is with the name calling? Why is it that democrats use such childish antics to convey their thoughts? Here is an idea. Why don't you tell us your views and back them up, instead of reverting to name calling? I think it is kind of funny. And since you are supposed to be the party for Gay Rights (whatever that means) why do you constantly use the term teabagger? Isn't that a derogatory term used for gay men? Interesting. I guess in your anger, you forgot to temper your name calling, and in turn, demeaned a portion of your constituency...lol.

    January 19, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    Ian January 19th, 2010 3:55 pm ET
    Get it straight. It's health insurance reform, not health care reform.
    ______________________________________________________
    You are exactly correct, Ian. Health Care reform is really what is needed but you can't do that in just 4 years so Obama is taking a shortcut by calling insurance harassment health care reform.
    This has nothing to do with helping the American health care system. All it does is add a government bureaucracy on top of an already expensive system. This is about trying to fool people into believing that the Administration and congress accomplished something. We don't need their kind of accomplishments.

    January 19, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Ted

    Bush-Cheney ignored the public, deregulated, overspent, and did whatever they wanted to for two terms. What is this nonsense about ignoring the public in the one-year-old Obama administration. A majority of Americans want health care reform. Make no mistake: Brown is Palin in men's clothing. He carries money interests, corporate tycoons, and Wall Street around in that pickup truck of his. Bush carried that "regular guy" routine to victory. Don't be twice fooled! After one year, don't vote away hope of positive change by electing a "pin-up" beefcake who will join the united Republican ranks in opposing anything progressive, anything that goes against the moneyed class. Like so many of his ilk, Brown is adept at pulling the wool over the eyes of the middle class. He won't produce jobs or prosperity - just more doublespeak.

    January 19, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Correct

    Well Well !!! Looks Like the Power Grab that Pelosi and Obama are Trying to Make to Turn this Country into a Marxist Regime with the Weak-Minded Leftist's Depending More and More on Government Control will Finally be Dealt a Death-Blow. Listen Up Liberals There is a Reason We're Referred to as "The Right". If You Want European Style Government So Bad then Fine Have it, Simply Move to Europe. Bye !!!!

    January 19, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Just Saying

    Massachusetts Conservative January 19th, 2010 3:50 pm ET

    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.

    When Republicans get defeated they also turn to name-calling and conspiracy theories....socialist, nazis, communists, Acorn, SEIU, Black Panthers....should I continue?

    January 19, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Right Leaning Independent

    Looks like the Dem bloggers on here have turned into the fear monger party!! I would not be too concerned, in one year Obama has made sure there is not too much money left to give you many more handouts anyway!! Might as well let a Repub come in and support businesses that may in turn give you a JOB!!

    January 19, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. kishen c.rao

    It is not the election of GOP v/s Democrats, It is the question of passage of "Health care reform" preferably with public option. Mass, it is upto you to decide the lives of 300 million Americans who do not have health care coverage. Decide thoroughly. God bless our greatest nation on earht the USA>>>>

    January 19, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Pilgrim

    I have to laugh out loud every time i hear someone say "if you vote for Brown Obamas healthcare will be defeated"- what they don't seem to realize is that when most people hear that it confirms why they will vote FOR brown, not make them change their minds to vote for Coakley. It's really very simple to most of us, and I say that as someone who actually feels for the first time that their vote in Massachussetts will count for something, it boils down to being fed up with Big Government deciding how they are going to spend our money without even a pretense of asking us what we think about it. Name me one thing-one thing at all-anything, any program, that the government has ever done and done it more efficiently, on budget and made it better than the free market has done. Social Security? Welfare? Taxes? Trade? Even in the Peoples Democratic Republic of Massachessetts we are getting tired of Birkenstock-wearing, Social-Equality Limosine-Liberals telling us how evil we are if we don't blindly accept their agenda. Parts of it we might even actually agree with if we were asked...but we were never asked.

    January 19, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. gary davis harbor oregon

    the purist whites only core group will do what ever it takes to win against COAKLEY . if they actually loose the race to COAKLEY it will make a good testing ground for any future race between the democrats and the republican purist party . right now the republican party is eating each other trying to find the core ideas between to many differant smaller splinter groups.. so when the core purist whities can take back control of the party regulars . they will become a party to be concerned about . having Obama as president has upset the purists apple cart . and most of america HASN'T A CLUE JUST HOW MAD the core group of the good ole' boys really are . it is scary . just like when LINCOLN became president . the good ole' south proved how much they didn't like anyone who supported equal rights for not just black people but asians, and just about any race other than the basic white race. history is about to see a sick moment in time of racist purist minority of powerful people . try and take back the america they so beleive in ..whites only in control. big business getting anything they want .and the middle class getting stuck with the bill. one can only hope that something as small as COAKLEY winning the race over Brown. can help keep these scary people out of control ..of our great nation . and that Mr. Obama can actually continue with the directing we need to go in.
    it is going to turn out to be a very fierce battle between moral rights and greed . I will keep my fingers crossed that the moral majority ( democrats ) can handle the threats and lies . and the powerful big corporations. 🙂

    January 19, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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