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Insult to Injury

Not only did Scott Brown just win the election to the United States Senate, he did so by a noticeably wider margin here in Wales than in the overall election.

Coakley (Dem) 244 votes 35%
Brown (Rep) 441 votes 63%
Kennedy (Ind) 15 votes 2%

Total (with all 2168 precincts reporting)
Coakley 1,058,682 votes 47%
Brown 1,168,107 votes 52%
Kennedy 22,237 votes 1%

Other towns in the immediate area reported results similar to Wales. Brown out-polled Coakley by 300 votes in Holland, 500 votes in Brimfield, and 700 votes in Monson, the three Massachusetts towns nearest to me.

Coakley pulled 79% of the vote in the much larger town of Northampton, and 84% in Amherst, Cambridge, and Provincetown. Alas, the extra 35,000+ votes she picked up in those 4 communities (58 precincts) weren't enough to stand up to the votes Brown picked up by winning tighter races across Massachusetts.


The only thing I like about this election are the reports saying the turnout was surprisingly high. In any election, I value high voter turnout more than I value having my own vote be among those in the winner's column. And the fact that this special election just had better turnout than any non-presidential statewide election in 20 years tells me the result can't be blamed on/attributed to voter apathy, the lousy weather, or other factors dampening turnout.

Oh. There's one other thing I like about this election: the fact that it's over and done with. No more multiple copies of atrocious campaign mailings. No more ad after ad after ad after ad nauseum, each one repelling me from the candidate it was created to promote.

This race is over.



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Jan. 20th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
As I mentioned in an earlier post of my own, I had no enthusiasm for either candidate (and in any event I don't live in Massachusetts, so I couldn't vote). I like the outcome only because it means that neither party can easily push through whatever legislation it wants. Gridlock is good.

If a Republican can win in Massachusetts, this bodes badly for the Democrats later this year in the national elections. Now if only the Republicans actually had something to offer, instead of disagreeing with the Democrats only in how the government should expand its power, this might be an encouraging sign.
Jan. 20th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
One of the news reports-or rather a couple of them-I heard said that Coakley & her people thought the election was a cake walk in their favour, so didn't do campaigning. Does that fit your impression?

Sorry about your getting tag-teamed by campaign ads. I felt the same about the Coleman/Frankin commercials that dragged on and on and on...
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
What exciting times we live in. Glad the excitement is over for you!
Jan. 20th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
It would appear you are surrounded by the "other" team.

Other as defined here as wrong and bad. they're why we can't have nice things.
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