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by Ileana Cintrón

As for the results in Massachusetts, when the numbers are ratified, it is likely that turnout in 2012 ends up being higher than 2008.

There were a significant number of split votes for Obama and Brown. Very interesting maps showing the difference at: http://www.wbur.org/...

Quite a scare with Congressman’s Tierney’s seat. Tisei conceded a couple of hours ago. 4,000 votes made the difference for Tierney.

In the state legislative races, all candidates that were up for re-election won last night. Many of them were running unopposed.
A woman picked up an open seat in the Senate (35-year old environmental lawyer Kathleen O’Connor Ives). In the House there are 4 new progressive legislators, including a Latino from Holyoke.
The progressive challengers didn’t do so well. Only one out of five won; all those defeated were women.

This legislative election in Massachusetts shows Republicans are definitely expanding their base, seizing opportunities in the House and making races more competitive for Democrats. Many Democratic candidates highlighted their abilities to reach across the aisle and work in a bipartisan fashion in their messaging. I think this is the threat of the Scott Brown wave. People bought his “independent” voice message and expect other electeds to do the same, even though their record may not support the claim. Does it mean a progressive candidate would be considered too extreme for certain regions of Massachusetts in the near future? What does this say about voter education strategies to ensure we have an informed electorate?

I believe the ground game made a difference in this election. There were more c3/c4 groups and unions working on consistent grassroots campaigning that in previous elections, both independently as well as in coordinated campaigns. Voters were contacted more times, both frequent and infrequent voters. Urban centers keep making the difference for Democrats. If you check out the maps for the U.S. Senate race, you can see tiny dots of blue in seas of red for Springfield, Worcester, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Lowell, Taunton, Brockton, etc.  All of these results speak well about the investments that Access and the Partnership have made over the years to build this infrastructure.

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  •  I think we are still adjusting (1+ / 0-)
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    Noisy Democrat

    to a post Kennedy State. Brown was a rebound vulture. Now we have Warren and Kerry to reseat the Democratic Machine. If Kerry goes to DC we will have another moment of vulnerability. Republicans like to sneak in with special elections. Need to be all over that this time and run a fighter.

    "There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth." -- Niels Bohr

    by paxpi on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:26:13 PM PST

  •  Nice analysis of Mass. election. (1+ / 0-)
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    msdobie

    "We must be the change we wish to see in the world" - Gandhi
    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little" – FDR

    by smokey545 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:30:54 PM PST

  •  Tierney-Tisei (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirk McQuigley

    Omitted from the WBUR discussion on Tierney-Tisei (they have an attached article with a link in the location you mentioned) was the presence in the race of Libertarian Party candidate Dan Fishman, who drew 5-6 % of the vote (have not seen exact numbers).

    We can have change for the better.

    by phillies on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:36:30 PM PST

    •  Republicans are livid (0+ / 0-)

      They think a Libertarian stole their election in the Tierney-Tisei race.

      To hear a livid Republican: http://audio.wrko.com/...  Note that I have no control over the URL.

      My message to Republicans: If you want to stop losing elections, just stop running candidates!  And stop stealing Libertarian votes with your candidates!

      We can have change for the better.

      by phillies on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:36:36 PM PST

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  •  Copyright violation (0+ / 0-)

    Diarists: you cannot cut and paste an entire article from elsewhere on the net, without blockquotes, longer than three paragraphs at the most and without commentary.

    Users have been summarily banned for this. This is plagiarism and gets DKos into legal trouble.

    And since you introduce your collective as consisting  of "Greg, Patrick, Bryant and Saulo" it seems clear that this isn't your work.

    You should delete or at the very least substantially edit. Crediting and author and source doesn't cut it here.

  •  Massachusetts 6th CD voter (0+ / 0-)

    I thought it was peculiar that the polling in the district basically stopped in mid-Sept. when Tisei was ahead. Then again, that might have been when I liberal Super-PAC stepped up and flooded the airwaves (cable) w/ very hard-hitting commercials linking the gay Tisei w/ the Tea Party.

    Now I am going to take all those Scott Brown mailers, roll them up, mark 'Return to Sender" and make Grover Norquist and Karl Rover pay when they get returned.

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