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November 8, 2012

Turnout in Amesbury tops 75 percent

AMESBURY — Amesbury residents came out in droves to vote on Tuesday, packing the Amesbury High School cafeteria for one of the largest voter turnouts in the city’s history.

City Clerk Bonnijo Kitchin said 8,443 total ballots were cast in Amesbury on Election Day, good for a 75.4 percent total voter turnout. Roughly the same number of people voted this year as in the 2008 election, despite there being 700 fewer registered voters in Amesbury now compared to that year.

Kitchin said she was happy with the turnout, saying the turnout met her expectations.

“I figured it was going to be about that, and I think it worked out really well,” Kitchin said, adding that the new polling location at the AHS cafeteria was a huge success that helped avoid some major congestion and confusion.

“If it had been held at City Hall, it would’ve been horrendous,” she said. “I think the whole town would’ve been in a standstill because of the traffic.”

According to the unofficial results, Amesbury voters overwhelmingly supported the Democrats. Scott Brown was the only Republican favored by Amesbury residents, and conversely, he was also the only candidate supported by the city who did not go on to win election.

As expected, Carriagetown came out in strong support of Barack Obama. The president carried Amesbury with 4,817 votes (57.2 percent) compared to Mitt Romney’s 3,446 votes (40.92 percent). Amesbury’s results closely followed the statewide numbers, which had Obama (61 percent) well ahead of Romney (38 percent).

In the U.S. Senate race, Amesbury opted for incumbent Republican Scott Brown. Brown collected 4,345 votes (51.76 percent) versus Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s 4,039 (48.12 percent).

Overall, Brown performed well on the North Shore, but he did not fare as well statewide, losing to Warren 54 to 46 percent, thanks in large part to the overwhelming support she received in Boston and the surrounding area. Warren won Boston, Brookline, Newton, Somerville and Chelsea with over two-thirds of the vote, and in her hometown of Cambridge she blasted Brown with 85 percent of the votes.

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