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Early reports: Heavy voter turnout in Massachusetts

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 19, 2010 12:05 PM

Wow. WBZ reports heavy traffic at the polls for the special election in Massachusetts today. The secretary of state predicts 40 percent turnout:

In contrast to the light turnout for the party primaries last month, there are already signs of a heavy turnout.

A line of cars stretched for nearly a half-mile from the gymnasium at North Andover High School. Some drivers turned around in exasperation.

Massachsuetts Secretary of State William Galvin told WBZ he expects about 40-percent of voters to turn out for the special election.

Galvin said about 800,000 came out for the primaries and he believes that should double to 1.6 million based on the intense interest in this campaign.

Are you in Massachusetts? Did you vote? Let us know how turnout was in your area.

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Via Allahpundit, Politico reports that Democrat get-out-the-vote operatives are “stunned by the number of Democrats and Obama supporters who are waving them off, saying they’ll vote for Scott Brown.”

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Via the Boston Globe, depressed Coakley voters drag themselves to the polls. Current weather forecast: Light snow. It’ll take quite a bit of effort to get these kinds of supporters to turn out once the snow gets worse:

In the Democratic primary last month for US Senate, this city backed the campaign of Representative Michael Capuano, a native son and former mayor who ultimately came up short against Martha Coakley.

Capuano’s loss did not prevent voters from turning out in droves today for the general election, with precinct at the Dante Club bustling early. Several people interviewed on the way out of the social hall described themselves as reluctant Coakley supporters motivated by the prospect of a victory by Republican Scott Brown and concerns that it would thwart the health-care legislation before Congress.

“To be honest, I wasn’t all that enthusiastic about Martha Coakley. But you know, I think the health care thing is so important,” said Chris O’Brien, a 29-year-old singer-songwriter who began paying closer attention after the race tightened…

…”I feel like she’s who we have, and I’m a little disappointed about the way she ran her campaign,” [Mara] Brod said. “But I guess they just didn’t see this coming.”

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Reader Stephen e-mails: “I voted in Leicester Massachusetts at 7:20 this morning and the lot at the town hall was full. This was comparable to the 2008 Presidential election. It was also snowing moderately at the time. Hopefully this a harbinger of a ‘Massachusetts Miracle.'”

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