Thursday, April 18, 2024

Elizabeth Warren was greeted by friendly faces as she arrived at her Graham & Parks School polling place on Tuesday. (Photo: Maia Weinstock)

Cambridge offered few surprises in Tuesday voting. Unofficial results presented early Wednesday by the Election Commission showed the city went for the Democrats in a big way — President Barack Obama, hometown favorite Elizabeth Warren and even Tim Toomey, the longtime state representative and city councillor who faced two strong opponents and beat both soundly.

There were 49,031 ballots cast in Cambridge on Tuesday, or 78 percent of its 62,995 registered voters. The city’s 33 polling places, open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., saw strong turnout, with voters often having to wait in line to vote. Ballots were counted at the Senior Center in Central Square by Election Commission officials and staff, with polling places being escorted in by police officers from shortly after polls closed to well after midnight.

Election Commission records show there were 46,727 ballots cast four years ago, when Obama was elected president. He and Vice President Joe Biden took 40,876 of those votes.

The city shows 36,428 registered Democratic voters (58 percent of total registered voters) and 2,900 Republican voters (5 percent of the total), with the rest being independent voters or members of smaller political parties. But 86 percent of registered voters in the city voted to reelect Democratic President Barack Obama, or 41,991 of voters, while 11 percent or 5,340 people voted to replace him with Republican Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Cambridge voted 85 percent to 15 percent for Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a resident and professor at Harvard, over Republican Scott Warren, or 41,127 votes to 7,463 votes. The statewide figures were tighter — 54 percent to 46 percent with 88 percent of votes reported at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, or 1.5 million to 1.3 million votes.

Statewide figures here are taken from The Boston Globe.

Toomey keeps state rep seat

In the 26th Middlesex District, which represents parts of Cambridge and Somerville, Cantabrigians voted 7,752 for Democratic incumbent state Rep. Toomey, 2,855 for independent Mike “No Money” Connolly and 596 for Thomas Vasconcelos, a Somerville Republican — giving Toomey 69 percent of the vote, Connolly 25 percent and Vasconcelos 5 percent. In Somerville the votes were 3,020 for Toomey, 1,113 for Connolly and 414 for Vasconcelos. For the district as a whole, the figures were 10,772 for Toomey, 3,698 for Connolly and 1,010 for Vasconcelos.

The Toomey campaign was saying as early as 10:20 p.m. it was confident it had the votes to win, Chris Orchard said in the Somerville Patch, and Connolly called Toomey shortly before midnight to concede. A more complete statement was expected Wednesday morning, but campaign manager Frank Gerratana passed on Connolly’s message that he was “so proud of our volunteers and of what we have accomplished.”

Looking at unofficial, internal numbers, Toomey campaign manager Max Chalkin said Toomey was “thrilled to have the endorsement of almost 70 percent of the district and about the term to come.”

“We know there are places this district can improve” and are happy to help it do so, Chalkin said for Toomey. “We appreciate the ideas brought into the campaign by Tom and Mike. There were great, substantive conversations and dialogue.”

Vasconcelos essentially conceded at about 11:05 p.m., when 69 percent of ballots in Somerville were counted and showed him with 6 percent of the vote.

“It is very clear that I have lost. It is not easy running as a Republican in one of the most liberal areas of the country,” he said.“I tried my best.”

He would release a final campaign statement within the next day or so, he said, but he first had words of appreciation: “This has been quite the life experience! Thank you to everyone for all of your support,” he said.

Other state-level races

In the 24th Middlesex District, which represents all of Belmont and parts of Arlington and Cambridge, Cantabrigians voted 2,169 for Cambridge lawyer David M. Rogers, a Democrat, 177 for Republican Tommasina Anne Olson and 207 for James F. Gammill of the Open Innovative Party. For the whole district, the figures were 12,338 for Rogers, 4,420 for Olson and 4,857 for Gammill.

In the 25th Middlesex District, which represents Cambridge, Marjorie C. Decker won the Democratic primary to face Republican write-in candidate Hasson J. Rashid in the general election. She won 14,997 to 182.

A state Senate race also overlapped cities — the First Suffolk and Middlesex District race between incumbent Anthony Petruccelli, a Democrat, and Thomas J. Dooley III, a Republican. Cantabrigians voted 6,775 for Petruccelli and 801 for Dooley. That’s 89 percent to 11 percent, while the district as a whole, which includes parts of Boston, Revere and Winthrop, went for the incumbent 81 percent to 19 percent, or 38,780 to 9,001 with 92 percent of votes reporting as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Statewide ballot questions

For Question 1 of the binding statewide ballot questions, to make repair information more widely available to car owners and independent auto shops, Cambridge voted 35,841 or 88 percent in favor and 4,715 or 12 percent opposed. The statewide figures were 85 percent to 15 percent in favor, or 2 million to 342,266, with 87 percent of votes reporting as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday

For Question 2, to let doctors prescribe medication to end the lives of certain terminally ill patients who ask for it,  Cambridge voted 30,909 or 68 percent in favor and 14,639 or 32 percent opposed. The statewide figures were tight at 51 percent opposed to 49 percent in favor, or 1.28 million to 1.25 million with 86 percent of votes reporting as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday

For Question 3, to end state criminal and civil penalties for medical marijuana, mainly from regulated dispensaries,  Cambridge voted 36,063 or 79 percent in favor and 9,564 or 21 percent opposed. The statewide figures were 63 percent in favor and 37 percent opposed, or 1.6 million votes versus 934,034 with 86 percent of votes reporting as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

U.S. representatives and sheriff

Cantabrigians voted 21,048 to 2,297 to keep U.S. Rep. Edward Markey in his 5th Congressional District seat over Republican challenger Tom Tierney. That’s 90 percent to 10 percent while the statewide figures were 76 percent to 24 percent, or 228589 votes for Markey and 72,235 for Tierney, with 79 percent of voters reported as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Cantabrigians also voted 19,641 to 2,690 to keep U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, a former mayor of Somerville, in his 8th Congressional District seat over independent challenger Karla Romero. That’s 88 percent to 12 percent, while the statewide figures were 83 percent to 17 percent, or 170,486 votes for Capuano and 35,093 for Romero, with 89 percent of voters reported as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

In the Middlesex County sheriff’s race, Cantabrigians voted 34,430 to 4,596 for Peter J. Koutoujian over independent Ernest M. Petrone, or 88 percent to 12 percent. The statewide figures were 77 percent to 23 percent, or 311,797 votes to 93,966, with 69 percent of votes reporting as of 11:35 p.m.