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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:53 AM
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Hey Massachusetts DU members---check in and give us your take of the Tuesday election.
I just read a piece in the Boston Globe that say's the polls are all over the place.

What is your sense---after talking to your friends, neighbors, work colleagues---folks on the street---of how this is going to turn out?

Oh and BTW: Good luck.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:01 AM
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1. Anyone's guess.........
"Brown" signs all over the place in my area.

Coakley should be up by 15, but her campaign got off on the wrong foot. Lots of genuinely PO'd voters here in MA for a variety reasons, and that's not good.

Meanwhile, I'm voting Coakley and trying to stay optimistic..................
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:02 AM
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2. kickin' and looking for some current Bay Staters. . .n/t
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Little Star Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:04 AM
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3. I will tell you the truth. I just want to cry.
It is not pretty here. This seat is so symbolic, to lose it will be heartbreaking, especially here in our blue state. I'm scared. I think its going to be close. All the energy is on the republican side and its big and loud. Dems want to stay home, Independents are breaking red (we have a lot of independents). We are going to need all the well wishes we can get. I can't even imagine not holding this seat.
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Craftsman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:06 AM
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4. My FIL lives in Methuen
He voted usually voted dema dn voted for Obama, but he voted for Brown. The economy and steaming pile they are calling HCR are is stated reasons.
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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:27 AM
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5. Kick
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jmodden Donating Member (150 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:55 AM
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6. My BIL lives in Somerville
He tells me that there are no signs for anybody. This is not good. In 2002, O'Brien got 61%.

He feels that turnout in Boston is the key. The rest of the state is in the bag for the centerfold. The city turnout has to be heavy to have a chance.

The weather forecast is cold with a 40% chance of precipitation.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:58 AM
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7. I'll never get how they didn't see this coming.
Rahm needs to go. He is leading us in a suicide mission.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:58 AM
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8. Cape Cod Times endorsed Brown. nt
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:04 AM
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11. They did what was expected of them.



That rag is owned by Rupert Murdoch.


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rox63 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:59 AM
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9. If the state's Dems get off their asses and vote, Coakley will win
I plan on being at the polls early Tuesday morning to vote for her. Every Repuke in the state is going to show up to vote for Brown. So Dems need to outnumber them at the polls. We outnumber them in the state, so we just need to lose the complacency and get to the polls.
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jmodden Donating Member (150 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:08 AM
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12. Don't waste your time worrying about thr repukes.
They are ony 13% of the electorate.

Again, GOTV of Dems in the city is the key.
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quabbin Donating Member (38 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:03 AM
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10. Blue in the Bluest state
I'm a longtime MA resident. I live in a very rural part of the state. I intend to vote for Coakley. All my relatives are voting for Coakley. Brown is feeding off populist rage here about the economy and the HCR debacle. Like the rest of the country, things are going from bad to worse. If I hadn't witnessed Romney's election here years ago I would have more confidence in Coakley's chances for an easy victory. There are pockets of strong Republican support in this state. Right wing hate radio controls the airways here as well with very few exceptions. That situation really irritates me. My phone is being bombarded with robocalls from Brown. Last night I even got a robocall from Curt Schilling on Brown's behalf. Now I will be forever grateful to Curt for helping the Red Sox end their 86 year curse, but I cannot stand the guy's political views. Brown was an obscure pol in this state. The more I learn about the guy the more I despise his political positions. And info is coming out about what kind of person he is and it's not flattering. I will do my part Tuesday. I wish I could give you a better feeling about this situation. Unfortunately even in MA we have many Republicans, tea-baggers, haters, etc. I am eagerly awaiting Obama's speech at Northeastern University at 3:00 PM today. He had better hit a home run on Coakley's behalf today. He needs to use all his skills to explain the consequences to his agenda that would result from a Coakley defeat. Hoping for the best from the wilderness of western MA.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:22 AM
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13. Reporting from the Hilltowns of Western Mass...
I only saw one sign for Brown out here.

I'm not hearing any anti-Coakley stuff.


One concern I'm having now is that we're expecting a pretty significant storm out this way tonight lasting into tomorrow.

For the cities, that might be OK, but in some of the rural areas it could be a while before the roads get plowed. They're usually pretty good about plowing and sanding, but you just never know. Luckily, the storm isn't supposed to last into Tuesday, so we'll just have to see how things go.

Is there going to be an official "Report from Mass" thread? I'm thinking maybe those of us from Mass can keep an eye on our local TV channels and keep everyone updated throughout the day and early evening Tuesday...




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jmodden Donating Member (150 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:55 AM
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14. "it could be a while before the roads get plowed."
Good - the hicks will prolly vote for the centerfold (?).

Is there any Coakley signage?
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:03 AM
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15. No, actually, the "hicks" out here are pretty liberal
Some of them are relocated New Yorkers, many more are the "artsy fartsy" Liberal types.

I posted a link yesterday to a site giving some stats on the 2008 Presidential election.

The entire state...even the four Western Mass counties...voted overwhelmingly Democrat. In fact, in the little group of Hilltowns where I live, only one of them actually had more Republican votes.

That being said, though, I haven't noticed any Coakley signage around, although I have to admit I wasn't really looking. It's just that the Brown sign was so prominent nobody could miss it. I wanted to set fire to it...

:evilgrin:

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jmodden Donating Member (150 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:06 AM
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16. "I wanted to set fire to it..."
I would rather you inflame the base.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:20 AM
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17. It's all about turnout.
If turnout is low, Brown wins.

But all this national attention is going to boost turnout, so I'm actually feeling pretty confident.
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Craftsman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:32 AM
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19. And it is susposed to snow tomorrow and into Tuesday.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:07 PM
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21. My weather toolbar says no...
The storm is supposed to start later today and last into tomorrow, with Tuesday being partly sunny and about 38 degrees. So we're safe there.

The only concern is what kind, and how much, precipitation we have. If we get a good amount of snow out this way, it could complicate things a bit unless the road crews are very quick about getting the plows and sanders out tomorrow.


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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:38 AM
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20. No one is factoring in the many statewide gatherings for MLK day Monday where I'm quite certain
the folks attending will be urged to get out the vote on Tuesday.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:55 PM
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25. Few seem to mention that many colleges return for spring semester
this week. I would assume the college kids would break for Coakley - especially if pushed by Obama.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:07 PM
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26. I didn't even think of that.....I hope it does prove to be a positive factor.
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Blaukraut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:30 AM
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18. Here on the North Shore it's mixed
Our town has hardly any yard signs, but there was a Brown visibility in the town center yesterday with about 15 people. I'm guessing they came from Seabrook, NH, which is right across the border and is as teabaggy as they come.

The city to our south is solidly in Coakley's camp, though, judging by yard signs and activity. It's the same mixed bag all the way down to Boston, so an honest assessment would be that it can go either way.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:13 PM
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22. Oh, one more thing...
The Springfield Sunday Republican...with a rather large circulation...has a real good endorsement column on the editorial page today.

The paper is online also, so I can post a link to the column...


http://www.masslive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2010/01/the_t...




PS...and I'm smiling at the irony of a newspaper named "The Republican" endorsing a Democrat, but they usually do. :)
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:57 PM
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23. My biggest teabaggin', Rush-lovin', Faux-watchin' MA kin live north of Boston . . .
. . . and they vote, unfortunately. I always took consolation in the belief that their votes were cancelled out by a stronger Dem turnout, but now I'm not so sure.

:scared:

(I'm in NJ, BTW. We're about to turn over our "blue" state to major Bushbot Chris Christie.)
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Fozzledick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:44 PM
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24. The polls I've been seeing seem to be heavily weighted toward Republicans assuming low turnout
and Democratic complacency, but the controversy they've raised seems to be energizing the base and stimulating a large turnout.

One observation on the large number of campaign calls I've been receiving for the last three days: every single call from the Brown campaign has been an automated robo-call recorded by Brown or his daughter, while most of the Coakley calls have been a live volunteer and about half of their recorded calls have been an endorsement from a political "celebrity" like Barak Obama or Bill Clinton.

And for what it's worth, my wife was just polled with questions on a long list of position statements.
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trumad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 07:23 AM
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27. kicj
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 07:26 AM
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28. Everybody's guess. Polls depend heavily on the screening they use.
Nobody can answer the question: who will go and vote, and this is the real question here.

Where I am, I dont see the excitement for Brown reported by the media, but I dont see the excitement for Coakley either. More tiredness of being called every fifteen minutes by different groups.
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