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November 7, 2012

Decision day turns landmark day

Record-setting turnout sweeps the region


“I think Warren is the best candidate and that is not taking anything away from (incumbent Sen.) Scott Brown,” he said. “(For Congress) I’ve known Tierney for a long time, and don’t think he should be denied because of his wife’s family.”

Mary Ann Lawler of Newburyport said she voted primarily for Democratic candidates, except that she opted for Brown, a Republican.

“I think Brown has done a pretty good job,” she said. “It would have been nice if Tierney had been more honest about his situation, but I think he’s been an effective congressman.”

Beth Murray-O’Connell of Salisbury said she voted for Obama because she wasn’t willing to risk having another president like George W. Bush in the Oval Office.

“I just can’t go Republican,” Murray-O’Connell said.

In Newburyport, City Hall was busy throughout the day, as those in the city clerk’s office responded to concerns from residents who weren’t registered or those newcomers who did not know where to vote.

“We’ve had voters come in because they weren’t listed as registered,” Assistant City Tricia Barker said. “Some who haven’t voted in four years, or haven’t ever voted here, needed attention.

“We’ve tried to assist everyone who has come to the office.”

Around the city, scores of residents held signs for candidates, working in shifts that lasted several hours.

Mary Harbaugh held a sign in front of the Bresnahan School for City Councilor Kathleen O’Connor Ives, who won the state Senate seat. She said this election was one of the few times when she has worked for a local candidate.

“I knew Kathleen before she was a city councilor,” said Harbaugh, who has served on municipal commissions here. “I’ve watched her on the council, and really believe she could do a good job at the state level.

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