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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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    "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?"

    War. Have a nice day!

    January 19, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. ConservativeGeorgian

    Hopefully the Massachusetts Secretary of State won't "accidentally" lose any ballots this time around. If you didn't already know, in 2008 he defrauded the people of your state by leaving tons of ballots from active military personel unaccounted for. Ironic that members of our military vote Republican the majority of the time... GO SCOTT BROWN!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Obama Victim

    how embarassing it must be to be a left wing loon............would be funny...if it were not so sad

    January 19, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. dimes1

    This election will not be won by Republicans or lost by Democrats. It will be won by the independents that want a government run from the center

    Now it is time for liberals to realize that they have disconnected from reality. Big government taking over everything is a recipe for failure.

    The public is starting to understand that Obama is about big government, big spending and taxing to rob from the mainstream and give to those that just want a free handout.

    Tell me Democrats, how do you create jobs by punishing and taxing small business?

    Obama's leftist liberal policies will not work and the people are waking up to it.

    January 19, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Orange Curtain, CA

    Brown is a Bush/Cheney yes man. You'd have to be insane to vote the party that brought us record spending, a bogus war based on lies to reward Cheney golfing pals with no-bid contracts and the party that is bed with the lobbyists.

    January 19, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. dan

    I agree with scott brown and the conservative republicans.
    Also Our system already allows for the poor to be covered by healthcare.
    Lastly healthcare should be free to have and not mandatory forced on us like they have already done in massachusetts by fining us in our taxes. this hurts the middle class that actually pay taxes.

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

    Just a question- I live in Massachussetts and I've never heard the term Teabag except in reference to a Tea-Party a couple centuries ago. Is this a new slur for anyone who dis-agrees with Liberal Philosophy or is it some specific reference? I note lots of name-bombs being flung around using the terms teabag and tea-bagger.
    enlightenment please?

    January 19, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Tony-Clarksville,Tn

    If I remember corectly,The HOUSE and SEN.was controled by the Dem.'s in the last 2 years of Bush.So you blame who???

    January 19, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    "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."

    And that growth was all based on imaginary financial products, offshoring, outsourcing and layoffs. The problem with capitalism is eventually nobody has any money except the top 1%. Have a nice day!

    January 19, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    @GI Joe January 19th, 2010 3:37 pm ET

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

    Wake up and smell the coffee...we do NOT want anything done because everything Obama and the democrats are doing is a disaster in the making. Unchecked, the leftists have brought our nation to the brink.

    January 19, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Informed Voter

    Why does no one understand that if nothing is done about health care now that within 10 yrs it will be 60% of the federal budget and right now it is 30%. You say you dont want reform but how about forced reform with cuts everywhere if we dont do anything about the health crisis in this country. The tea party movement is a joke with uninformed voters who dont even know why they are protesting. People please research and get facts before you follow the likes of a draft dodging Rush Limbaugh or a nutjob like Glenn Beck.

    January 19, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. roxana

    for Pilgrim : you ask for one thing: – Social Security, Medicare, medicaid. Most of the anti- health care bill people are afraid that their MediCare will be more expensive...

    January 19, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. File under "Sarcasm"

    In CNN's headline story about the voting, they quote Press Secretary Robert Gibbs saying that President Obama has been "surprised and frustrated" by the race. That shows clearly how out of touch he and the liberal left are with the average American who understands that you can't solve your economic problems by borrowing every penny you can and then spending it on things like health club membership contracts rather than on rent, food and job searches.

    Their arrogant attitude is how could anyone, other than some small, right wing, conservative group aka "Teabaggers" lead by Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh, disagree with what they want to do for us because we're obviously not smart enough to figure it out for ourselves. Regardless of the outcome of this race, Democrats in less liberal states who ignore the desires of the majority reflected in every recent poll will find themselves joining the unemployed next November.

    January 19, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Charlie

    Be careful what you wish for. If Brown wins the Dems will spin this against the right so hard the wins they may have gotten in the fall will go away. I'm sure the spin will be right wing obstruction. I for one hope he wins but everybody and I mean everybody in any type of elected office better start looking over their shoulder. Not even the local dog catcher will be safe in the fall. That would be the best outcome from today!!!

    January 19, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Chuck in CSG

    GO SCOTT GO!!!!

    January 19, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. lovable liberal

    Since the 2006 mid-term was a gubernatorial election, this turn-out suggests hope for Martha Coakley. Maybe all those annoying phone calls from both sides (oh, and from insurance companies for Brown) did their job of driving turnout.

    It's especially hopeful that turnout is coming from Boston, where Coakley has to have a large majority.

    January 19, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. TCM

    Chris in Denver – no, better yet, we'll just put inexperienced liberals in charge, and run up the national debt with one limp prez worse than all previous combined...so, poke at Tea party goers all you want, the country doesn't need liberals destroying it..after so many TRUE Americans built it.....

    January 19, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Shelly

    I can't wait to vote for the nude model, Brown. Great body but a small brain.
    It will be awesome to have him represent us....good looks, great smile.
    I was so impressed at him waving at us on street corners. It will be a change to have someone who cares about corporations and his cronies . I mean who cares about the poor women, the sick and uninsured or the middle class. They are such a waste.....
    Honey and lemon for your tea, Scott.

    January 19, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Rev. Bobby

    It's too bad that we've dumbed down in this country to the point where being smart is "elitist" and "regular folks" know what's best. Let's face it, "regular folks" are not smart enough to run things. I refer you to the previous President who could barely tie his shoes, let alone run a country.

    And yet, people whose social and economic realities should be driving them to the Democrats in droves continue to vote Republican't because of the hope that one day, they too will be rich enough to prosper from their policies.

    Someday the chickens will come home to roost for the Republican'ts – you can vote with your wallets rather than your conscience, but don't come crying to anybody when it bites you. The smart people will do just fine without you.

    January 19, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Rick

    IMPEACH OBAMA, plain and simple. Problem solved.

    January 19, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    MASS. what a shame that america will be set back to the bush era if brown is elected just to make a point. wouldn't it have been better for the country to simply write letters to the president complaining about his health care bill? tea-baggers know nothing about running our country,all they care about is getting "the black man' out of office.brown looks like a snob to me an i can promise you within a year you all will regret this decision.

    January 19, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. TCM

    I love this one....

    (1.) – vote against health reform and thereby allowing 45,000 working class Americans per year to die due to a lack of health coverage.

    Especially, ...just think how many lives would have been lost if socialism had been running the show; perhaps 45k lost is bad, but how many saved through capitalism and competitive medicine? MILLIONS...MILLIONS...you liberal parrot! If obama gets his way, it'll be two classes; Rich and Poor. And the 45k number will be more like 450k...dimwit.

    January 19, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. dale

    The Democrats don't care what you and I want or need. All they care about it getting more of our hard earned money. They thought this senate seat was theirs. I hope everybody thinks about this before voting.

    January 19, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Jane/Seattle

    Since I am on the opposite side of this country, I'll just wait and see what the voters choose there. Of course, there is always Diebold to be concerned about...and the Republicans know how to do election fraud much betters ince all their friends own the companies who do this job for these states! ACORN was such small potatoes that it is laughable to see so many going on about them. ALSO, UNIONS ARE WHAT GOT FOLKS LAWS THAT PROTECT WORKERS FROM EMPLOYERS! iT IS AMAZING TO SEE FOLKS GOING ON AND ON ABOUT HOW AWFUL UNIONS ARE. This plays right into the hands of the Corporatocracy that pays so little to create poverty here at home! Ever wonder why government jobs pay so well compared to most jobs under corporations? UNIONS! Corporarions will do most anything to avoid UNIONS! They would have to give up some profits so the employees could live a little better! How Horrible that would be!

    January 19, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    hold on here. we are all americans. not ad versaries.

    January 19, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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