Massachusetts loser Coakley won rural and urban vote, Brown won on strength of conservative suburbs

By Al Cross


Republican Scott Brown won the Massachusetts U.S. Senate special election Tuesday and dealt a serious blow to the Democratic health-care reform bill, but he didn’t win on the strength of the rural vote. Democrat Martha Coakley, the state’s attorney general, won the counties with both the most rural and urban populations, while Brown rode victories in the more suburban counties to victory, the Daily Yonder reports.

In the five counties with more than 20 percent of their population living in rural areas, (Nantucket, Hampshire, Berkshire, Franklin and Dukes), Coakley won 64 percent of the vote, and in the most rural county, Dukes, she won by more than 2 to 1, the Yonder reports. Brown did fare better in the five rural counties than Republican presidential candidate John McCain, getting 36 percent to McCain’s 25 percent. (Read more)

Voter turnout was surprisingly high for the special election that many first predicted to be a “sleepy election day,” David Abel and David Filipov of The Boston Globe report. More than 2.2 million of the 4.1 million eligible voters cast ballots in the three-way election. “A surge of angry voters looking to upset the status quo flocked to the polls yesterday” led to a strong Republican turnout the reporters write, but “Democrats, who, facing the loss of a seat their party had held for decades, also flocked to the polls.” (Read more)

Reprinted with permission from The Rural Blog.  Al Cross, former Courier-Journal political writer, is director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and The Rural Blog. 

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2 Responses to “Massachusetts loser Coakley won rural and urban vote, Brown won on strength of conservative suburbs”

  1. I have been hearing so many things on television about this race for days and days.  I guess I don’t understand why a 59-41 majority isn’t good enough when Republicans had smaller majorities than that they certainly rammed through whatever they wanted.

  2. Scott Brown ran a fantastic drive. He got out there and did what anybody campaigning for political office should do – he spoke to people, but more importantly, he listened to them. He ran to the metropolises, the suburbias and the towns, all through the state. He run a good crusade. He spoke to the issues that interested the people of Massachussetts. Never mind that the people already have health care…that turned in his favor for certain, but it wasn’t the only thing on peoples’ minds.

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