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Elizabeth Warren (D) beats Scott Brown (R) for U.S. Senate
Scott 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.
Joseph Kennedy III beats Sean Bielat (R) for MA MA 4th Congressional District seat
Kennedy will take over for Barney Frank (D), who has held the seat since 1981. Bielat ran against Frank for the seat in 2010 but lost earning only 43 percent of the state vote.
State Rep. Alice H. Peisch (D) is uncontested for 14th Norfolk District, which will cover Wellesley, Weston and Precinct 4 in Wayland beginning in 2013. She'll serve a sixth 2-year term.
LIVE 2012 WELLESLEY ELECTION RESULTS*
*(A note from Town Clerk Kathy Nagle: There are over 300 ballots from abroad that will not be officially counted for 10 days. Numbers will change substantially from this unofficial count. Due to the close counts in certain offices results from Wellesley cannot be considered final until late arriving and foreign ballots are totaled. By law we have until November 16 to count these ballots.)Race Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidate Results U.S. President
Obama-Biden8243 Romney-Ryan 6144 U.S. Senate
Scott Brown 7267 U.S. Congress District 4
Joe Kennedy8327 Sean Bielat 5753 David Rosa (I) 168
Answer Results Answer Results
Question 1: 'Right to Repair' Yes 10673 No 1726 Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 7847 No 6077 Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 8478 No 5442
Wellesley Updates From The Polls
From the Wellesley Police Department Facebook page: "Update: 4PM voting numbers in Wellesley PrecA 1225, Prec C 1685, Prec D 1725. Polls close tonite at 8PM!"
A bit of voting history in Wellesley is made today. This is the first presidential election in which Wellesley has had eight precincts. Also, 88 percent of active voters turned out in 2008, still too early to tell if Wellesley will go over that mark, but turnout has been steady-to-high throughout the day.
EXIT POLL: Wellesley resident Maria Kuntz said she's historically voted for both Republicans and Democrats, but she voted for Obama this time. "I just don't like what the Republicans stand for anymore," she said, "...and Romney didn't give us a plan."
Turnout remains high across Wellesley. At Precinct F (Dana Hall), 900 ballots had been cast, that's pretty high for that district, according to poll workers.
Rep. Alice Peisch spotted outside this place with Sheila Kennedy, mother of Joe Kennedy III, who is running for the MA 4th Congressional District seat against Sean Bielat.
Turnout remains brisk throughout Wellesley. The Sprague School has had a steady flow of voters since early this morning. Clerks and the warden were at the school setting up last night in anticipation of today. In years past this has been a very busy and sometimes hectic polling place, they say. This year things have been smooth.
Voter tally, Pct. B: 1,127; Pct H: 1.038 (both at Sprague School)
Precinct D (Schofield) is having a robust turnout as well, with 860 ballots cast.
EXIT POLL: David Melton, 20, a student at Boston Baptist College in Milton, said he voted for Mitt Romney, because he didn't like how Barack Obama handled the Benghazi attack. Melton said he's looking at this "Just like you'd fire someone from a job for making a mistake."
Precinct E (Fiske) had about 680 ballots cast out of close to 2,500.
EXIT POLL: Mary Hayden, 20, a student at Curry College said she voted "Democrat" and yes on Question 3 (medical marijuana).
Precinct G (the library) is already over 400 votes, this precinct did not get over 200 in the September primary.
In 2008, Obama/Biden got 63 percent of the vote in Wellesley, which has tended to skew toward the Blue side in recent years. Eighty-eight percent of active voters voted in 2008, according to town figures.
Town Clerk Kathy Nagle says she doesn't anticipate any long lines at the polls today, "Things should run smoothly," she said.