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.
Representative Hunt (R) was first elected to represent the 5th Barnstable District in 2010, when he won the seat vacated by Rep. Jeff Perry. Democrat Patrick Ellis, who had previously served on the Sandwich Board of Selectmen, conceded the race shortly after 9pm.
Randy Hunt has been the state representative representing the 5th Barnstable District for the past 4 years.
2012 BARNSTABLE ELECTION RESULTSRace Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidate
Results U.S. President
Scott Brown 14,046
U.S. Congress District 9
Christopher Sheldon 8,816
Daniel Botelho 1,677
MA House DISTRICT: 5th Barnstable District
Answer Results Answer Results
Question 1: 'Right to Repair' Yes 19,030
Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 11,943
Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 14,518
Barnstable Updates From The Polls, Tuesday November 6th, 2012
12:30 p.m., Hyannis Youth and Community Center, Precincts 8, 9, 13
A steady stream of voters went to cast their ballots Tuesday at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Residents in the 8th, 9th, and 13th precincts vote at the center.
Dale Bryant of Hyannis said he almost didn’t vote. “It was kind of a last minute decision, because I wasn’t satisfied with anything I’ve heard from anyone, candidate wise,” said Bryant.
So Bryant opted to write in his own candidate for President.
First-time voter and Hyannis resident Loniane Enos was excited to cast her first ballot. “I wanted to vote, it’s my first time voting. I watched the presidential debates and I am supporting Obama,” Enos said.
Enos stated women’s health issues are one of the reasons why she is supporting Obama. She said she made her decision after watching all three presidential debates.
Hyannis resident Angela Cote cast her vote in support of Mitt Romney. Cote believes Romney is the best choice for the Nation’s economy. “I voted for Mitt Romney because he’s a business minded person,” said Cote.
By 12:30 p.m. 729 ballots were cast in precinct 8, 469 in precinct 9 and 968 in precinct 13.
It wasn’t all about the presidential race though Tuesday morning, one supporter in Centerville brought his dog out in support of Scott Brown. Lawrence Spence waved to cars on Pine Street while his beagle proudly displayed a “Beagles for Brown” sign.
By 11:00 a.m. 30.64% of voters had turned out to the polls, according to Town Clerk Linda Hutchenrider.
Hutchenrider says the already had a few snags. At one precinct in Barnstable a ballot counter was damaged when someone spilled a cup of coffee on the machine. Hutchenrider says they quickly put in place a back-up ballot box, with voting only delayed for only a short time.
Hutchenrider expects the voter turnout to reach 75%-80% this election. In the past Barnstable averages about an 80% turnout for presidential elections.