Dedham Election Results 2012
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Scott Brown (R), Elizabeth Warren (D): U.S. Senate
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.
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D), Joseph Selvaggi (R): 8th Congressional District
Joseph Selvaggi will challenge Rep. Stephen Lynch after defeating Republican opponent Matt Temperley in a tight 8th Congressional race in this year's State Primary. Massachusetts lost a Congressional seat after the 2010 U.S. Census results showed a population shift within the state. After Jan. 1, 2013, there will no longer be a 10th Congressional District. The 9th District, where Canton now sits, will become part of the 8th District. Basically, the 8th District is the old 9th, and you can't get more New England than that description.
State Senate/Rep. Races
State Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) and State Sen. Mike Rush (D-West Roxbury) are both running for re-election unopposed.
LIVE 2012 DEDHAM ELECTION RESULTS
|Race||Democratic Candidates||Results||Republican Candidates||Results|
|U.S. Congress District 8||
|MA Senate Suffolk and Norfolk District||Mike Rush||68.8%||N/A|
|MA House 11th Norfolk District
|Question 1: 'Right to Repair'||Yes||71.9%
|Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication||Yes||44%
|Question 3: Medical Marijuana||Yes||56.8%
Dedham Updates From The Polls
4:24 p.m. - Polls are starting to get packed at the Greenlodge School. as of 4:19 p.m., 1,525 votes have been received for precinct 5 and 1,353 for precinct 7.
"We're expecting it to get more crazy as the night continues," Sheila Becker, Election Ward said.
8:00 a.m. - Dedham Middle School,Precinct 4 and 6
A large group of Democrats were carrying Elizabeth Warren and "Vote No on Question 2" signs.
"When it comes to Question 2 people should have care and comfort. Voting yes shows no compassion," Ruth Doughran said.
For Doug Crandall it was all about the elections were about the senate race.
"I want to strengthen the Democratic balance in the Senate," he said. "For me, this election is all about creating a balance."
State Representative Paul McMurtry is running unopposed, but that didn't stop him from stopping by polling sites to greet voters.
"I'm pleased in that there are citizens expressing their voices and participating in democracy" he said. "It's impressive that people realize the impact, with a close senate race, and presidential. Today is a day that the whole entire world is watching."
8:34 a.m., Dedham Town Hall , Precinct 1
Despite cold morning, there were many coucilman and senate supporters in front of the Town Hall. But each had a different reason for being there.
"For the senate race I voted libertarian," Rob Curran said. "It was all of the commercials, I just got sick of them."
For George Sauer, he believes that Scott Brown is the person to pick.
"We know he's done a good job in the last two years he's been in" he said. "I believe the economic issue is most important, and I know that he's gonna work to get the economy going again."
10:17 a.m. Dedham Town Clerk's Office
According to Paul M. Munchbach, Dedham's Town Clerk, Dedham registered 803 new voters and processed 1,462 absentee ballots just for this election.
"I believe that we will have close to 82 percent of the town vote today," he said. "And I believe it's because of the large notoriety of the senate race."
The office is hoping to have all votes counted by 8:45 p.m.
11:18 a.m. Riverdale School, Precinct 2
Families were piling into the Riverdale School to cast their vote. And for voters like Christa Borgess, she felt that every Election Day is something that needs to be shared among families.
"Every election is important to me, it's a privilege, it's a duty, and it's a right we're given," she said.
But Borgess wasn't shy to share who she was going to vote for.
"I don't belong to any pary, but I'm voting for Scott Brown because I know that he is willing to listen to any person, and not just a party."
Arlene Watson, the Election Ward at Riverdale, was proud to see so many residents coming out to vote.
"It's 11:15 a.m. and we already have 706 votes," she said. "But I know that the big rush is going to come around supper time."