Polling Report: Unofficial Results, Clark, Dwyer Declare Victory
In the first three hours of voting, nearly as many voters turned out for the general election as turned out in the entire day of primary voting.
Update (11/3/10, 9:00 a.m.): Corrected preliminary results for Reading.
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Update (11/2/10, 10:37 p.m.): Q&A With Katherine Clark.
Question: What do you attribute this win to?
Answer: I really think it was just a message that we're about community and we're trying to work towards common sense solutions. Really, it's about creating jobs, supporting our small businesses, our schools. People want a message that we get it. And we hear what they're going through and I think our message just resonated.
Q: Craig and you had a spirited campaign that showed a clear philosophical divide on most issues. Was there anything you learned from the campaign that you'll take with you to the Senate?
A: The whole campaign underscored for me how difficult it is right now to operate a business in our community. And we have to really support that. That's something I knew, but this campaign has really expanded on that for me and it's something I'm really anxious to go and try help out.
--Melrose Patch Editor Daniel DeMaina
Update (11/2/10, 9:29 p.m.):
Republican State Sen. candidate Craig Spadafora has conceded, according to Malden Patch Editor Roberto Scalese.
Update (11/2/10, 9:29 p.m.):
Unofficial final totals for the Clark-Spadafora race so far: in Melrose, Clark had 5,343 votes and Spadafora had 3,237 votes. In Wakefield, Clark had 5,728 votes and Spadafora had 5,095 votes. In Malden—Spadafora's home city—Clark had 2,932 votes and Spadafora had 2,294.
--Daniel DeMaina,Melrose Patch Editor.
Update (11/2/10, 9:25 p.m.):
Rep. Jim Dwyer's campaign has declared victory.
Update (11/2/10, 5:50 p.m.):
Voting at the Reading Memorial High School field house continues to be orderly as turnout continues to be high.
By 11 a.m., the number of voters who cast a ballot in today's general election—3,293—exceeded the number who cast their ballot in September's primary. By 5 p.m., 6,708 Reading residents (39.75 percent of those registered) had voted.
Town Clerk Laura Gemme said she had so far seen an average of about 100 voters per hour per precinct. She said she expected the last few hours before the polls close to be busier than average—though she made no official prediction for the day's final turnout.
Voters leaving the field house were generally in a rush, but many of those who stopped said they cast their ballot today in favor of a change in leadership for the state.
Original article (11/2/10, 10:58 a.m.):
Voting turnout has been brisk so far in Reading, with lines of cars forming on their way into the Reading Memorial High School field house, lines of people forming on their way to the polling booth and departing State Sen. Richard Tisei greeting voters on a nearby sidewalk.
"Having been through a few of these, I feel good," Tisei said.
Tisei said he expects he and his gubernatorial running mate, Charlie Baker, to perform well in Reading. He cast his ballot at 8 a.m. in Wakefield, he said, and arrived in Reading around 8:30. He plans to visit other polling places in his state senatorial district as the day goes on.
As of 10 a.m., 2,439, or 14.45% of Reading registered voters had turned out to cast their ballot. For reference, 3,078 voters, or 18.4 percent those registered, voted during the pimary.
Town Clerk Laura Gemme said voters in the field house have been orderly so far. During the primary, she had encountered a handful of upset voters who believed they were registered with a different party than records reflected.
Two voters leaving the polls this morning said they were most motivated to turn out today by the state's gubernatorial race.
"I'm so excited about Deval Patrick," said Jody Avtges. "We've got to win."
She said she spent the previous night campaigning for Patrick, and said she didn't think that Charlie Baker's business savvy would be good for Massachusetts' government.
Torie Allen said she visited the field house to vote for Baker, because "you should have a little bit of a tax break for what you work for."
Allen said she voted entirely for Republicans, but, while Allen and Avtges disagreed on the candidates, they agreed on Question 3, which would slash the state's sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent.
Avtges said the state "can't afford that kind of a rollback," while Allen said a three percent sales tax was "not feasible."
Keep checking back today for more dispatches from the polls.