Huge Voter Turnout Highlights 2012 Election
Massachusetts voters went to the polls in record numbers in many communities.
The Barack Obama-Mitt Romney race for president and the hotly contested U.S. senate race between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown fueled voter interest.
Case in point was the city of Springfield,”It was phenomenal as far as I’m concerned , we had in our low voter turnout areas, we had 38, 40, 50 percent and that was the lowest we saw throughout the city, that was amazing,” says Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola.
So amazing that history was made,”With over 54-thousand people voting yesterday in the city of Springfield there was the largest turnout the city has seen ever in terms of voters,” says Oyola.
Large Massachusetts cities which traditionally vote democratic turned out the vote for the president and Elizabeth Warren in a big way says Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray,”I will tell you this, I’ve never seen such a comprehensive and diligent get out the vote effort on behalf of the Warren campaign and the democratic party than I have this year,” says Murray.
During a live interview on Tuesday on abc40, Governor Patrick called the Warren strategy in this campaign brilliant,”Strategy because it’s about reaching out to people and bringing in folks who are registered and haven’t voted in a while and making sure people are identified before election day,” says Governor Patrick.
The Democratic party had been licking its wounds for the last two years after Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in 2010,”When Scott Brown won that seat we were substantially responsible for it, we didn’t do the kind of work we needed to do, we take responsibility for that,” says John Walsh, Chairman of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts.
Democrats learned a tough lesson two years ago and this time around the Democratic grass-roots effort made sure there wouldn’t be repeat of 2010.