Deval Scared By Low Urban Turnout
In a panic over a day of low turnout in urban areas, including Boston, Deval and Menino held a late day Rally to Keep Socialism Alive. (NOTE: I'll be at Charlie's party tonight, phoning in reports to WRKO. Follow me on twitter.)
Top Democrats, led by a sober Mayor Thomas M. Menino, are making a late-election day push to boost turnout in Boston as Gov. Deval Patrick hits a 5 p.m. rally at Boston Public Library in a final bid to stave off Republican Charlie Baker.
“It’s going to be very close,” Menino told the Herald today. “We’re working to get the vote out. Deval will pull it out, but it will be close.”
In other words - "We're getting our butts kicked, and I'm going to look really bad." Menino's machine is supposed to be delivering Boston for the failed governor.
Boston polls saw more than 86,000 voters by 3 p.m., which is slightly behind the numbers from the 2006 election won by Patrick over Republican Kerry Healey. Total turnout in the city in the 2006 election was 157,000, or 56 percent of registered voters, officials said.
A city official predicted turnout will be “steady” tonight but pegged the final turnout at about 43 to 45 percent.
Did you follow that - they're expecting Boston to be off in turnout about 10 points from 4 years ago. That's lots of voters who are actively not voting for Deval.
Statewide, turnout has been “heavy,” and is expected to eclipse the 2.2 million who voted in 2006, said Brian McNiff, spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin.
Republicans say high turnout in the suburbs benefits Baker and were confident the former Havard Pilgrim CEO would pull off the upset.
Yup - that's the rest of the bad news for Dems - not only are the cities not turning out, where residents are kept on purpetual government social programs in exchange for voting for Democrats, but in Scott Brown country, turnout is rushing along at breakneck speed.
State Rep. Marty Walsh (D-Dorchester) said unions and other Patrick supporters were also working feverishly to get voters to the polls in the race’s waning hours.
Yes, unions are also paid, with our tax dollars, to vote for Democrats, so you can view their failure to do so as a sort of rebellion, if that's how it works out.
“We’re not seeing that the suburbs are outvoting the cities,” Walsh said, saying turnout in Cambridge and Somerville has been “high.”