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Snow doesn't dampen Mass. election fervor


Massachusetts residents cast their votes in a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, in Seekonk, Mass. (Stew Milne/Associated Press)

By Karl Vick
BOSTON -- Election Day dawned in Massachusetts with temperatures at freezing and light snow falling across much of the commonwealth. Predictions called for the snow to continue intermittently and mix with rain as temperatures rose, creating what weather forecasters called "a mushy inch or two."

The worse the weather, the larger the question of voter motivation looms over the race for a successor to Ted Kennedy in the United States Senate. Democrats are trying to motivate a base of loyal voters alerted--by sinking polls and the 11th hour visit of President Obama on Sunday--to the possible loss of what was widely regarded a safe seat.

"Every vote matters, every voice matters," Obama says in a new commercial that is part of a massive get-out-the-vote effort for candidate Martha Coakley, the state attorney general. "We need you on Tuesday."

The campaign of Republican candidate Scott Brown, a state senator, is reaching out to voters via traditional phone banks, but also aiming to marshal enthusiasm through the internet and social networking. Brown's Web site highlights a "voter bomb where supporters 'tell Scott Brown how many voters you will personally ensure show up and vote Tuesday.'"

"Don't Vote Alone," reads the page. After the supporter commits to assure a specific number of people will get to the polls, he or she is invited to enter the e-mail addresses of 10 friends.

The race has focused heavily on the national debate over health care; a Brown victory could topple the Senate majority Obama would likely need in order to push legislation to final passage.

The 50 percent of Massachusetts voters who register as independent, or "unenrolled," are the main quarry for Brown's efforts to fill the two years remaining in the unfinished term of Kennedy, who died of brain cancer last year. A Republican campaign official estimated that, because turnout is normally lower in a special election, the Brown campaign will be doing well if independents show up at the polls at levels close to those in a general election.

"There are several places we need to do well," said Ron Kaufman, a longtime Massachusetts Republican political professional. He named "the older cities," including Quincy, Fall River, Bedford, Lowell and Lawrence; suburban communities along the outer beltway of I-495; and the Route 128 hi-tech corridor to the north of Boston.

A Democratic expert, speaking on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss the Coakley campaign's calculations, said the election could likely be decided in the Bay State's "South Coast" towns, such as Fall River and New Bedford.

Those towns are fairly independent from the rest of the state -- Providence is their media market -- and neither candidate has strengths in the region. "If Brown wins down there, it could be a long night for her," the strategist said.

Campaign commercials, mostly negative, continued to rotate without pause on local television Tuesday.

Coakley cast her ballot at an elementary school in Medford, where she lives with her husband, a retired Cambridge police officer whose former union endorsed her opponent. Her schedule called for campaign stops Tuesday in Boston, New Bedford, Fall River, Springfield, and Worcester.

"We're working on the ground game," she told reporters.

More than 80 percent of Massachusetts residents live in its eastern half of the state--in the Boston metropolitan area and the communities to the north and south.

Brown was due to vote near his home in Wrentham. He wound up Monday's campaigning with a raucous rally urging supporters to "send a message to Washington that business as usual is not how we like to do business, period."

Staff writer Paul Kane contributed to this report.

By Karl Vick  |  January 19, 2010; 9:40 AM ET
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Comments

Back in the good ole days, if a party member voted against a bill his president wanted, the president called him up and told him that it would be very costly for him. Now the president calls and promises the party member a ton of money in new projects and pork if he votes yes. I guess that back in the good ole days presidents had power or could it just be this president is clueless. I hope this bill crashes and burns. The nation needs health care but not this kind. So many back door deals, so much secrecy,so much nastiness. No thank you Democrats, I pass on this one. Why not try to fix the economy. Oil is rising, inflation is going up, unemployment is high, stock market guys are getting big bonuses and banks are paying out 0% and charging up to 30% on credit cards. Change we can count on? I think not. Vote third party candidates or against whoever is in power.

Posted by: gvelanis | January 19, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

.........

I love all the GOPer voices...
I can be a billionaire too...
Really, I can...
I am much more in favor of
the corporate welfare state than
one that provides for its people
Because the Bush's are going to
allow me into their country
club...I know they are...
I can be a billionaire too.
I know it...Vote Brown and
they'll let me in...oh, please...

Posted by: printthis | January 19, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"The past week media frenzy should have gotten the Democrats so scared that they will all vote."

It was a sign when SEIU members are campaigning for Brown.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | January 19, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats will win. In a state that has a 4:1 Democrat to Republican ratio they can't lose. The past week media frenzy should have gotten the Democrats so scared that they will all vote. If not I am sure that a surragote ACORN organization with 4-wheel drive eco-vehicles will be driving any and all to the pols, as long as they are Democrats.

Posted by: staterighter | January 19, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

PANTS ON THE GROUND!
PANTS ON THE GROUND!
LOOKIN LIKE A FOOL WITH YOUR PANTS ON THE GROUND!
WITH THE GOLD IN YOUR MOUTH!
HAT TURNED SIDEWAYS, PANT HIT THE GROUND!
CALL YOURSELF A COOL CAT, LOOKIN' LIKE A FOOL!
WALKIN' IN MASS WITH YOUR PANTS ON THE GROUND!

TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK!!!

MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN!!!

The clock IS ticking, the writing IS on the wall, and in 6 hours you Dumbocrats' time IS up!!! YOU GOIN' DOWN!!!

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!
VOTE FOR LT. COL. SCOTT BROWN FOR THE PEOPLE'S SENATE SEAT FROM MASSACHUSETTS!!!

PANTS ON THE GROUND!
PANTS ON THE GROUND!
LOOKIN' LIKE A FOOL WITH YOUR PANTS ON THE GROUND!!!

Posted by: A1965bigdog | January 19, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

democrat's new song
same as the old song:


Pants on the ground
Pants on the ground
Lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground

With the gold in your mouth
Hat turned sideways
Pants hit the ground
Call yourself a cool cat
Lookin' like a fool
Walkin' downtown with your pants on the ground

Get it up, hey!
Get your pants off the ground
Lookin' like a fool
Walkin' talkin' with your pants on the ground.

Get it up, hey!
Get your pants off the ground
Lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 19, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"the weather will affect travel more in the GOP suburbs and countryside than the big cities"

No, the people in the suburbs view voting as a responsibility of citizenship.

The people elsewhere view it as "who can I elect so I get my Obama check?"

Posted by: Skeptic1 | January 19, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Snow will only dampen the fervor of lazy Dims and increase the margin of "Marcia" Coakley's defeat.
Posted by: screwjob2
==========================================================================================
Typical lack of thought by a conservative, the weather will affect travel more in the GOP suburbs and countryside than the big cities. Bad weather is in the Dems favor. That said Coakley is seen by most as an elite, out of touch with the working man.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 19, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Snow will only dampen the fervor of lazy Dims and increase the margin of "Marcia" Coakley's defeat.

Posted by: screwjob2 | January 19, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah right. Brown's voters would go into a burning building to vote against Coakley."
====================================
If only. Tell them to invite Kansas and Nebraska voters with them.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | January 19, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

TO: ABHFGTY @ 11:25 p.m.

Tin foil hat = lame psy ops.

Attention Roslyn Mazer: Please do your duty. Alert DNI. Taxpayer resources being squandered by "Operation Blog Spam." Who is running this clown show?

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 19, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Scrivener -
Just put on a tinfoil hat, everyone knows microwaves can't penetrate tinfoil. Geez, how stupid can you be?

Posted by: ABHFGTY | January 19, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

majority rule

51 votes.

reconciliation.


Get used to it.

Posted by: ottothewise | January 19, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Go Scott! We can finish the job of draining the swamp of the other creatures in November and 2012. Obama done in one, change he can count on.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | January 19, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Brown is speeding around picking up potential voters in the "this is my truck" vehicle with a billboard of his naked Comso photo to bring in all the desperate housewives.

Coakley sneered that it was cold out and she didn't want to shake the filthy hands of Bostonians.

Between these two we all lose. Keep your yokels in state gov't and don't make our Federal one worse.

Posted by: theobserver4 | January 19, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Yeah right. Brown's voters would go into a burning building to vote against Coakley.

Posted by: ADNova | January 19, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy selfishly held on to "his" Senate seat, despite very old age and health problems, without grooming a successor, thus leaving his party in the lurch.
Some of the blame should go to "Saint Ted" for his trust-fund entitlement, and his idea that he was indispensable, no matter what the risks.
Teddy was a typical power mad politician who could not give up power, no matter what the situation, and this is the result.

Posted by: johnL1 | January 19, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Snow and more cold weather and Al Gore was no where to be seen.

Posted by: Jerzy | January 19, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

COAKLEY IS AN ATTORNEY GENERAL. WHY DIDN'T OBAMA SAY SHE'S NEEDED IN THE SENATE TO RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW TO A COUNTRY THAT IS ENSLAVED TO A MULTI-AGENCY FEDERAL-LOCAL GESTAPO?

A secretive multi-agency "coordinated action program" continues to use high-tech cellular microwave and laser weaponry to silently, invisibly torture, impair, and physiologically and neurologically entrain -- in effect, enslave -- many thousands of unjustly and unconstitutionally "targeted" Americans, right here at home.

These Americans, entire families, also are subject to relentless surveillance, financial sabotage and community watch vigilante stalking, vandalism and other acts of government-tolerated domestic terrorism.

IT'S OBAMA'S GESTAPO USA NOW. WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA ACT?

Please read this, and demand action before it's too late:

See: Poynter.org (Journalism groups -- Reporting):

"U.S. Silently Tortures Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves" •
"Gestapo USA: Fed-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"

http://www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
NowPublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 19, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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