Massachusetts Senate Primaries
by Charles Lemos, Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 05:02:13 PM EST
In Massachusetts, voters went to the polls in a primary to select candidates for each party for the upcoming general election to be held in January for the seat left vacant by the death of Senator Kennedy. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick appointed Paul Kirk on an interim basis.
The polls closed at 8PM EST. No results as yet in the Democratic race but on the GOP side, the Associated Press has projected Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown of Wrentham as the winner. From WCVB-Boston:
Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown has been given the nod by Massachusetts Republicans to be their man in next month's race for the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Ted Kennedy for close to half a century.
Associated Press projected Brown the winner in the race just before 8:30 p.m., Brown garnering 9,291 votes to opponent Jack E. Robinson's 1,155 votes with 6 percent of the precincts reporting.
The Wrentham politician represents the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex district in the Massachusetts Senate and previously served three terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Before his election to the House in 1998, Brown, 50, served as a Wrentham Selectman for three years and before that as Town Assessor for three years.
The winner of the Democratic primary is widely favored to win the general election scheduled for January 19, 2010. Turnout today was light. As of six pm this evening only 52,653 ballots had been cast in Boston, a mark that represented less than 15 percent of the city's registered voters. Officials in the Bay State expected a turnout of some 500,000 to 900,000 voters out of the 4.1 million registered voters adding that it would be closer "to the 5 than to the 9."
Update [2009-12-8 22:12:7 by Charles Lemos]: It's Martha!
With 91 percent of the Bay State precincts reporting, Massachusetts Attorney General Coakley has 47 percent of the vote and has been declared the winner. US Rep. Michael Capuano finished second with 28 percent of the vote, according to a rolling Associated Press tally. More from the Boston Herald.