Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren has beaten incumbent Republican candidate Scott Brown for a seat on the U.S. Senate, according to the Associated Press.
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.
William Keating has defeated Republican Christopher Sheldon and independent Daniel Botelho to represent the ninth Massachusetts District in Congress. Both the Boston Globe and WATD called the race around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Keating has been the Conressman representing Barnstable for the past 2 years. In 2010, Keating (D) defeated Jeff Perry (R) 47%-42% to represent the 10th Congressional District. Botelho is an independent candidate; this is his first run for public office.
Therese Murray got to celebrate her victory early Tuesday as she handily defeated Republican challenger Tom Keyes of Sandwich.
Therese Murray has been the state senator representing the Plymouth and Barnstable District since 1992.
2012 Falmouth ELECTION RESULTSRace Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidate Results U.S. President
Scott Brown 9,500
U.S. Congress District 9
Daniel Botelho 1,226
MA Senate Plymouth and Barnstable District
Thomas Keyes 7,180
Answer Results Answer Results
Question 1: 'Right to Repair' Yes 14,574
Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 9,941
Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 11,481
UPDATE: Eye on the Polls:
Precinct 7: Waquoit Congregational Church
11:10 a.m.: Falmouth resident and vocal critic of the town's wind turbines Mark Cool, holding an anti-turbine placard, prepares to leave the area outside the polling place, his third stop of the day. Though no questions dealing directly with wind energy are on the ballot, Cool insists the ongoing local controversy relates to larger issues of state and national importance.
"You're talking about the energy debate," he says. "Renewable energy is a vital concern. I'm all for renewables, but they have to be properly vetted."
11:23 a.m.: Volunteer Andrew Sexton holds up an Elizabeth Warren sign on the church lawn, waving to passing traffic and potential voters.
"I think it's an important election," he says. "It's a close race. I want to lend whataver support I can to Elizabeth Warren."
Sexton has committed to manning his station in the cool temperatures for several hours, but notes that he lives just across the street, should he need a coffee break. His proximity to the polling place has also allowed him to observe what he says is an unprecedented turnout.
"I've never seen such traffic, so many people voting. I think it's because it's a close and important election."
Sexton says reactions to his signs by passersby have varied.
"I'm getting mixed responses. I've got a lot of thumbs up, but I've gotten the finger a few times."
11:30 a.m.: Falmouth resident Alyssa Foster exits the church with an "I Voted" sticker proudly displayed on her sweatshirt, and baby Abbie in tow.
"I thought it would be kind of fun to get her out of the house," Foster says. Abbie is clearly enjoying the excursion, though she's more interested in playing with a new friend--an energetic German shepherd named Rock--than in observing the democratic process in action.
Foster says she's glad election season is finally wrapping up, as she thinks this cycle has been especially vitriolic.
"This one was very, very negative. This one was particularly vindictive, it seemed."
11:42 a.m.: Inside the church, Democractic poll-watcher Joanne Delaney sits just behind the volunteers handing out ballots near the front door. As voters arrive, Delaney checks their names off a master list. When Delaney's updated list is returned to headquarters, registered Democrats who haven't yet voted will likely receive a phone call--or two, or four--encouraging them to do so.
Delaney has been busy, and expects to remain so for the rest of her four-hour shift. "It's big," she says of this year's turnout, before turning her attention away from the annoying reporter, and back to business.
11:47 a.m.: Volunteer John Wood agrees that this year's turnout has been large, but says such enthusiasm would be appropriate for more local matters as well.
"If only it could be replicated in the spring, at the Town Hall election," he says.
11:50 a.m.: The tally for votes cast in Precinct 7 hits an even 1,000.
Precinct 9: Police Athletic League
12:01 p.m.: Precinct Warden Phyllis Day says turnout so far is among the highest she's seen in her 10 years of working at the polling place.
"It's definitely one of the busiest, if not the busiest," she says. "First thing in the morning, we were busy."
People were already waiting to vote when polls opened at 7 a.m., Day says. Those early birds were processed quickly and efficiently, and the P.A.L. has seen a steady stream of voters since. Day expects the crowds to continue well into the afternoon and evening, and also expects her staff of volunteers to continue moving voters through efficiently.
The large turnout is a good sign, Day says, and isn't due solely to the presidential election.
"Both parties have done their work in getting people out to vote. This is what it's all about."
12:10 p.m.: Precinct 9's ballot count stands at 934.
12:12 p.m.: Joe Kelley exits the building having just cast his ballot, and happy to have taken the time off work to do so.
"I think it's going to be a close race," Kelley says. "It's all going to boil down to the turnout."
12:15 p.m.: Karen Ashley has also taken time away from work to vote. She feels passionately about the importance of this year's election.
"We're going to go forward, or we can go back 100 years, depending on how it goes," she says.
A CNA, Ashley is especially concerned with Question 2, which would allow the prescription of life-ending medication, but would not require a physician to be present when they were administered.
"It needs to be more thought out," she says. "I believe in dying with dignity, but it should be more than a handful of pills."
Precinct 6: Morse Pond School
12:35 p.m.: Andrew Putnam, 22-year-old candidate for the Assembly of Delegates, is stationed at the mouth of the parking lot, aiding his own cause with a large sign. Putnam is making the rounds all day, moving from precinct to precinct. He also has supporters stationed at varous polling places; in this case, his sister, who is vigorously waving a sign just across the way.
"All I know is, it's a lot of positive feedback, very little negative feedback," Putnam says of his camapign thus far. "I feel confident. I feel like we're going to win this today."
12:42 p.m.: Not far from Putnam, John J. Ford waves a placard boosting Scott Brown and Thomas Keyes.
"I'm tired of what's been going on," Ford says. "and I think this is a way out of the mess that a lot of us are suffering from."
Of particular importance to Ford is the economy. "I think it's a very important cog in the wheel that's been driving on a flat tire. The Democratic side has shown me nothing but verbiage. The Repiblican side stands for action."
Ford has been spotted waving his sign all over the Upper Cape in the last few weeks. He says it's important for supporters to show their commitment to any voters who may still be undecided, rather than relying on campaign signs alone.
"I think people just drive by the signs. But when they see a human being out there, it stands for commitment."
12:55 p.m.: Just over 1,300 votes have been cast in Precinct 6.