[UPDATED 12:40 a.m.] Newton Election Results 2012

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Newton Updates From The Polls

12:40 a.m. In case you missed our earlier articles:

  • President Barack Obama has been re-elected
  • Watertown's Marilyn Pettito Devaney defeats Newton's Tom Sheff for Governor's Council District 3
  • State Rep. John Lawn re-elected to 10th Middlesex seat

Also, according to the unofficial Newton election results, 78 percent of Newton's registered voters turned out for today's election

10:30 p.m. Elizabeth Warren has won the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts.

10:06 p.m. Joe Kennedy III has defeated Republican Sean Bielat and won the Fourth Congressional District seat, replacing retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.


9:53 p.m. According to info from Patch reported Chris Helms, who is at the Kennedy campaign party, the room is in celebration mode as the Associated Press declares Kennedy as the winner. 

Meanwhile, per the Newton unofficial results, State Rep. Kay Khan has defeated challenger Greer Tan Swiston, earning her 10th term in the Mass. House.

9:25 p.m. Unofficial election results for Newton are below. WBZ is currently calling Kennedy as the winner for the Fourth Congressional District. 

8:54 p.m. Newton's election results are available online here. As of right now, Democrats are winning all races and all questions passing with lots of support. 

2 p.m.: According to Twitter user @Pam_Boiros, "a good percentage of possible voters had already voted" at Mason-Rice Elementary School by 1 p.m.

1:45 p.m.: At Memorial-Spaulding Elementary School, where Ward 8's second precinct went to vote, poll workers said they had very good turnout. At around 1 p.m., the ballot box read just over 850 votes, and they expect to receive around 2000 by the end of the day. 

Outside the polling location, the Memorial-Spaulding PTO is holding a bake sale, selling cupcakes to voters and parents picking up their kids for early release. Jasmine Lai, who had organized the bake sale, told Patch that the line had been past the bake sale table, and to the front door at about 7 a.m.

On hearing the estimated vote count of 2000, Lai remarked, "we may have to call in for more baked goods." 

12 p.m.: As of 11:30 a.m., 778 voters had cast ballots at the polling location for Ward 2, precinct 4 at the Newton Free Library, according to poll worker Helen Jordan. Almost 50 percent of the 2,020 registered voters had voted. 

As of 10:50 a.m., 573 voters had cast ballots at the Ward 3, precinct 3 polling place at the Newton Community Service Center. An Elizabeth Warren supporter holding signs outside, who declined to give his name, said turnout had been "brisk." so far.

As of 10:28 a.m., 554 voters had cast ballots at the Ward 3, precinct 2 polling place at Peirce Elementary School. Several provisional ballots and absentee ballots had alos been cast. Turnout was steady but slow. 

11:20 a.m. As of 10:45 a.m., 718 Newton residents had voted at the Newton Senior Center, which is the polling location for Ward 2, Precinct 3.

According to one of the poll workers at the senior center, the turnout was "crazy" this morning, around 7 a.m. -  9 a.m.

A few locals were outside the center holding signs and showing their support for candidates, including 11th Middlesex state representative Republican candidate Greer Tan Swiston. Swiston was standing outside with her husband, Rob. 


U.S. Senate

  • Scott Brown (R)
  • Elizabeth Warren (D)

Brown has represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate since a January 2010 special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the late Ted Kennedy. Brown defeated state Attorney General Martha Coakley with 1,168,107 votes, or 51.9 percent, to her 1,058,682 votes, or 47.1 percent.

Representatives in U.S. Congress (Fourth District):

  • Joseph Kennedy III (D)
  • Sean Bielat (R)

Following the retirement of longtime Congressman Barney Frank (D-Newton), the seat for the Fourth Congressional District was left open. Democrat Joseph Kennedy III, a former assistant district attorney living in Brookline, is facing Sean Bielat, a Norfolk resident and Marine who had an unsuccessful bid against Frank in 2010.

Governor's Councillor (3rd District):

  • Marilyn Pettito Devaney (D)
  • Thomas Sheff (I)

Marilyn Pettito Devaney has represented Watertown on the Governor's Council for the past 14 years. She faces a challenge from Thomas Sheff of Newton, an attorney who ran for mayor in Newton in 2005. In 2010, Pettito Devaney defeated Belmont's Nicholas Iannuzzi.

State Senate (First Middlesex and Norfolk):

  • Cynthia Stone Creem (D)

Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1998 for the First Middlesex and Norfolk District (which includes Newton). She is running for re-election and does not face a challenger.

Mass. State House (10th Middlesex):

  • John Lawn (D)
  • Francis Stanton (R)

John Lawn has served as state representative for the West End of Watertown since 2011, when he won a special election to fill the seat vacated when Peter Koutoujian was named Middlesex Sheriff. He faces a challenge from Francis Stanton, a history teacher who is running for office for the first time.

Mass. State House (11th Middlesex):

  • Kay Khan (D)
  • Greer Tan Swiston (R)

Nine-term Democrat Kay Khan is running for re-election for the 11th Middlesex District seat, which covers roughly the northern half of Newton. Republican challenger Greer Tan Swiston, who currently serves as a Newton Alderman-at-Large, had an unsuccessful bid against Kahn in 2004. 

Mass. State House (12th Middlesex):

  • Ruth Balser (D)

State Rep. Ruth Balser has served the 12th Middlesex District since 1999. The district covers roughly the southern half of Newton. She is running for re-election and faces no challenger.

Clerk of Courts (Middlesex County):

  • Michael A. Sullivan (D)

Sullivan was first elected to this position in 2006 and is running unopposed for re-election.

Register of Deeds (Middlesex Southern District):

  • Maria Curtatone (D)

Sheriff (Middlsex County):

  • Peter J. Koutoujian (D)
  • Ernesto M. Petrone (Unenrolled)


     Race       Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidate Results U.S. President


32,099 Romney-Ryan 12,154 Johnson-Gray (L)    
Stein-Honkala (GR)

U.S. Senate

Elizabeth Warren

29,868 Scott Brown 15,034

U.S. Congress 4th District

Joseph Kennedy III

32,668 Sean Bielat 10,434 David Rosa 761

MA House
10th Middlesex District
John Lawn 1,775 Francis Stanton 492

MA House
11th Middlesex District
Kay Khan 14,329 Greer Tan Swiston 4,935   Governor's Councillor
3rd District
Marilyn Pettito Devaney 25,169
Thomas Sheff 10,428 Sheriff
Middlesex County
Peter Koutoujian 30,300 Ernesto Petrone (unenrolled) 5,086
Answer Results Answer Results

Question 1: 'Right to Repair' Yes 33,266 No 4,104

Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 26,849 No 15,893

Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 30,520 No 12,159

Gloria Gavris November 06, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I have to tell you about the outstanding job, the Newton Republican City Committee (under Chairman Tom Mountain’s leadership) did in welcoming Mitt and Ann to vote this morning. Members of the Newton City Committee arrived at the Beech Street Poll early with dozens of signs, homemade and printed. They formed a perimeter around the polling place—galvanizing the crowd. Naturally, international media was there and because they were the chief Romney representatives on the ground, Polish, Japanese and Hispanic TV was there interviewing them! When Mitt and Ann arrived – they lead with resounding cheers! When the Romney’s departed, Mitt gave a memorable nod and fist cheer to the Newton contingent and seemed genuinely moved by the grassroots swell around him.
Stephanie November 06, 2012 at 09:25 PM
545 Grove Street BAKE SALE til 6 PM
Wendy Schapiro November 06, 2012 at 10:00 PM
At around 1:00, I was voter #836 at the Hyde Community Center- Ward 5, Precinct 2. And I got interviewed by NECN, which was very fun :)
Mariem November 07, 2012 at 06:17 AM
I'm in college and decided to honestly look up for myself on the issues. I did not want to ote solely on my parents views. I'm shocked anyone would think president Obama is great. My parents and I disagree. I think both suck, but becuase we have 16 trillion in debt higher unemployment then before i wanted to know why. I'm studying poly sci, and read POTUS needs to pass a budget Prez Obama did not till this year. It wasn't till this year, It was reforms to i George Bushe's voted by congress. Mom and Dad u know who I am. I became informed, & I voted for MITT, I know you post here a lot, but since I came back to vote you've been asking me.who I voted for. This is me finally forming my views not just voting for one party, but looking at candidates with an open mind not because they are democrats or republicans I could careless about labels I wish you could do the same. Mass. Mostly Votes party not positions. Why the hell would it do that ? M.D..S
Mariem November 07, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Ps this is my phone and it is late


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