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Warren Deafeats Brown for U.S. Senate Seat
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. Elizabeth Warren is a Harvard Law School professor and author. After the financial crisis in 2008, Warren served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), according to her website.
John F. Tierney is the United States Representative for Massachusetts's 6th congressional district. Tierney defeated his Republican challenger, Bill Hudak of Boxford, in the 2010 election winning 57 percent of the vote. Hudak won 43 percent. Richard Tisei served in the state legislature for more than 25 years and was Senate Minority Leader before leaving his seat to run for lieutenent governor. Daniel Fishman is a software architect from Beverly and has never ran for Congress before.
LIVE 2012 ELECTION RESULTS
Reading:Race Democratic Candidate Results Republican Candidate Results 3rd Party Candidate Results U.S. President Obama-Biden 7,447 Romney-Ryan 6,640 U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren 6,280 Scott Brown 7,967 N/A U.S. Congress District 6
John Tierney5,377 Richard Tisei 7,902 Daniel Fishman 431
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North Reading:Race Democratic Candidate Results Republican Candidate Results 3rd Party Candidate Results U.S. President Obama-Biden 3,986 Romney-Ryan 4,641 U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren 3,208 Scott Brown 5,527 N/A U.S. Congress District 6
John Tierney3,178 Richard Tisei 4,981 Daniel Fishman 257
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READING POLL UPDATES
7 p.m. There is some light traffic at the high school. It will take about 10 minutes to get in and park.
According to Town Clerk Laura Gemme, she expected about 90 percent of registered voters to vote today, but now she thinks about 80 percent will show up. The 6 p.m. update states that 12,281 residents out of the 17,582 that registered cast their votes. That is 69.8 percent.
"The last two hours are usually the busiest," she said.
Approximately 1,300 absentee ballots were submitted.
2:05 p.m. Jerry Powers shared this on Facebook: "The police did a great job of directing traffic and getting people in and out. I think it might have taken me 5 minutes."
1:25 p.m. Heidi Govoni Parsons shared on Facebook: "I voted and waited 10 minutes and was 6th in line."
11:15 a.m. There is still some light traffic getting to the polls. Town Clerk Laura Gemme said that it has been steady all morning. She mentioned that the first hour of voting produced the heaviest traffic and residents had to wait about 15 or 20 minutes. Around 10 a.m. she had to request additional police officers.
"We had six police officers on detail, now we have eight," she said.
Children are encouraged to join their parents at the polls to cast their votes for president, unofficially. The town will count the votes by hand and announce the results from the children's election in a few days.
As of 10 a.m. 3,772 residents have cast their votes in Reading.
8:00 a.m. There is some traffic getting to the Reading polls. Expect to wait a few extra minutes to get in.
NORTH READING POLL UPDATES
7 p.m. Traffic has died down at St. Theresa's. Parking is not a problem.
As of 6 p.m. 6,853 residents voted. Town Clerk Barbara Stats expected the big turnout due to the activity before the election and the amount of absentee ballots received, she said. North Reading received about 700 absentee ballots this year, which is more than any other election Stats has seen, she said.
2:05 p.m. Randi DeLoreto said she voted this afternoon and it took only five minutes.
1:25 p.m. Katherine Barrett Foley shared on Facebook: "Traffic was wacky, but not terrible...very short line inside. But there were NO STICKERS! Just a heads up for those of you bringing kids."
10:15 a.m. The traffic has died down, but the polls are still busy. Town Clerk Barbara Stats said that the day is "going great." There was a crowd waiting outside when the polls opened and there was a lot of traffic causing her to call for more police details, she said. It's a pitfall of having one polling location, she told Patch.
As for the rest of the day, "We are expecting a big turnout," she said.
According to the 10 a.m. update, in all four precincts there have been 1,911 votes cast.
8:00 a.m. There is a reported four mile backup on Route 62 due to voters. NRPD reports that they had to call in extra officers due to the traffic.