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Brown’s Win in Massachusetts

January 19th, 2010 No comments

(Rasmusen) (Jan. 20–second update). From The Right Coast:

January 20. It seems Brown is Protestant, and Coakley is Catholic. That is not as unusual in Massachusetts history as I thought, though. Edward Brooke, who left office in 1979, was Protestant, as was Leverett Saltonstall, who left in 1967.

(Original post) Maybe I ought to be working or sleeping, but I couldn’t resist trying to analyze the Massachusetts election. Below, from the AP, is a partial list of results by locality. In each case, I show Martha Coakley’s vote count and percentage. Let’s start with the towns I know:

Arlington 13,284 65%
Boston 97,743 69%
Brookline 15,264 74%
Cambridge 1,067 88% (only 1/33 reporting yet, tho)
Lexington 9,375 65%
Newton 23,456 67%
Somerville 16,965 75%
Wellesley 5,934 50%
Worcester 19,861 52%

Massive Democratic victory! But wait… She lost. Her overall state percentage was 47%, they say. What’s going on? It looks like all the places where I know people voted for her (Well, Wellesley was only 50%).

Her problem was all the places professors don’t know about:

Dracut	        3,166 29%	 
Easton	 	3,350 36%
Franklin	 	4,470 33%	 
Hanover 	        1,895 28%
Haverhill	 	7,259 39%
Holden	 	2,864 34%
Leominster	 	4,707 36%	
Marshfield 	        3,895 33%
Methuen	 	4,837 34%
Peabody	  	7,619 40%
Plymouth	  	5,403 37%
Wrentham	 	1,414 27%

The New York Times has a good interactive map.