Anecdotes From On the Ground in Massachusetts

Jim Geraghty at the Campaign Spot has several heartening anecdotes from today’s voting in Massachusetts:

From Worcester County:

Just got back from the polls here in Leominster in Worcester County. When I brought my ballot up, the cop on duty said with a grin, “There’s no secret who you’re voting for,” and nodded to my National Review sweatshirt. We had a short, smiling, nonpolitical exchange that didn’t end in gunfire. I took that as a positive sign. Outside I spoke to a woman I know who was standing on West Street in the snow holding a Brown sign with three other Brown supporters (I didn’t see a single Coakley supporter standing in the snow as of 9:30 this morning). She says she’s been out since seven this morning and that she’d estimate shows of support (honking horns, etc.) from the passing cars to be in the 60 to 70% range. Great if true.

I’m an old Reagan ’84 volunteer who’s tuned out state and local politics out of disgust over the past twenty-plus years, but twenty-five years ago Leominster was pretty conservative. It’s less so now, but I was heartened by yesterday’s bellwether polls that gave Brown a double digit lead in Fitchburg and Gardner. It’s been a long time, but if memory serves both Fitchburg and Gardner as well as nearby Clinton were the only three towns in the immediate area that were Mondale country. If Fitchburg and Gardner have gone Brown, that pretty much guarantees Leominster and bodes well for all of Worcester County. If the graveyards don’t empty for Coakley, maybe I can start feeling…well, not good, but at least a heckuva lot less shame about politics here in Massachusettes (sic, Martha).

There’s a lot more where that came from at Jim’s NRO home.

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