Massachusetts Votes! Kennedy vs. Brown/Coakley: Open ThreadSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 01/20/2010 - 00:23
Polls in Massachusetts open at 7am.
8pm Update: Time to do the couch potato thing and watch the votes roll in...Boston Globe - Real Time Results
3pm Update: I voted Kennedy. His party affiliation was listed on the ballot as "Liberty," which was nice.
This is the biggest turnout ever for a special election in Massachusetts. I was talking to my liberal friend J on the phone as I walked to my polling location. He told me there was a small line where he voted in Lexington. He went whole hog for Obama in 2008 - drank the Kool Aid right up and loved it - and is now regretting it big time. He still voted for Coakley in spite of the fact that "she has all the charisma of John Kerry on anti-steroids." J is pretty funny. I told him I'd keep working on him, and I'd get him around to seeing the light on Ron Paul by 2012.
As I approached the polling place, I saw a huge crowd of people out front - could it be that this many people were waiting to vote? I've never in my life had to wait at my polling place to vote.
As it turns out, the crows was just a bunch of parents waiting to pick their kids up from school. It was 2:15, and the voting place is the gymnasium of a grade school. It was completely empty, aside from the workers. There were more workers than voters. I strolled right up to get my ballot and was out of there in 2 minutes. There was only one question on the ballot.
I voted for the one who best represents me. I make no excuses or qualifications.
The wintry mix continues - now more rain than snow. The slush on the side of the roads is half-melted, making walking treacherous. It is a mess out there.
10am Update: It is snowing in Boston - Big, white, heavy flakes. No accumulation on the street so far, but today's forecast calls for the dreaded and miserable "wintry mix." This should favor Kennedy
My friend Matt Davidson is having an in studio debate on his Real News Show on WMBR Boston, MIT student radio. East Boston resident Renato D'Amico (voting for Scott Brown) will debate Garrett Kirkland and Frank Capone of Medford (voting for Joe Kennedy). The show runs from 6 - 8am. Anyone is welcome to call in and take part in the debate. You can stream it live here, or listen to the podcast, which will be up later in the day.
Post your comments, observations & rants throughout the day below. Polls close at 8pm.