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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-25-13 05:10 PM
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4. Wow.
Edited on Tue Jun-25-13 05:28 PM by No Elephants
Martha Coakley conceded to Scott Brown before 6 pm, which left many bewildered. They asked a campaign aid or manager why Coakley had conceded so early. The reply was that Coakley knew she had lost when she saw the turnout numbers from Boston, Boston being the most reliably Democratic part of Massachusetts.

A local Democratic commentator (one of the few) mentioned that, by 3 pm during Coakley-Brown election day, 80,000 Bostonians had voted (far from great, as Coakley noted). By 3 pm today, 40,000 Bostonians had voted.
But, of course, the Boston figures do not stand in isolation. It depends on turnout from other cities and towns, too.

Still, half the lousy 2010 turnout. it's stunning.

Then, too, the timing of the election is bad. Aside from today's weather, which no one could have predicted sixty days or so ago, a lot of schools are out already, which means a lot of families, or moms and kids, anyway, have left Boston for the summer. Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Vermont. Many Bostonians have at least one summer retreat.

As for the state as a whole, Secretary of State says today may be the lowest turnout for a U.S. Senate election ever.
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