[UPDATED, 12:40 a.m., Nov. 7] Waltham Election Results 2012

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Scott Brown (R), Elizabeth Warren (D): U.S. Senate

Scott Brown has represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate since a January 2010 special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the late Ted Kennedy. Brown defeated state Attorney General Martha Coakley with 1,168,107 votes, or 51.9 percent, to her 1,058,682 votes, or 47.1 percent.

U.S. Congressman Ed Markey (D), Tom Tierney (R): 5th Congressional District

Ed Markey has been the Conressman representing Waltham for years. He faces off against Tom Tierney, an actuary consultant, who post his previous bid for Congress in 2010. Two years ago, Markey defeated Gerry Demobrowski in the general election. 

State Rep. John Lawn (D), Francis Stanton (R): Mass. House, 10th Middlesex District. 

Lawn has been the state representative representing parts of Waltham, Watertown and Newton since he replaced Peter Koutoujian in a special election. He faces off against Stanton, a Waltham teacher. In 2010, Lawn defeated Republican Jim Dixon, of Waltham.

Mike Barrett (D), Sandi Martinez (R): Mass. State Senate, 3rd Middlesex District. 

Barrett, a former state legislator and currently a Lexington resident, faces off against Martinez. of Chelmsford. Incumbent Susan Fargo chose not to run for reelection.

Incumbent Marilyn Devaney (D), Tom Sheff (I), Gov. Council.

Incumbent of Watertown faces off against Newton resident Tom Sheff. The Gov. Council reccomends nominees for judge posts in Massachusetts, but the governor confirms them. 

Peter Koutoujian (D), Ernesto Petrone (U), Middlesex County Sheriff.

Koutoujian was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick in 2012 to replace former Sheriff James DiPaola who shot himself in a Maine hotel room.

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12:40 a.m., Nov. 7: John Lawn has won another term as the 10th Middlesex State Rep. and Mike Barrett has won the race for the 3rd Middlesex State Senate seat. 

Also, Marilyn Devaney will return to the Governor's Council. 

11:05 p.m: Elizabeth Warren has defeated Scott Brown in the U.S. Senate race and Ed Markey has been reelected to the 5th U.S. Congressional District.

Also, Barack Obama won Massachusetts. 

8:30 p.m.: Waltham has posted its final election results. The winners are: Barack Obama for President, Elizabeth Warren for U.S. Senate, Ed Markey for U.S. Congress, 5th District, Marilyn Devaney for Governor's Council, Michael Barrett for 3rd Middlesex State Senate, John Lawn for 10th Middlesex State Rep. and Peter Koutoujian for Middlesex County Sheriff. 

Ballot Question: Question 1 (Right to Repair) and Question 3 (Medical Marijuana both won, and Question 2 (Right to Die) lost. 

4:49 p.m.:  Waltham City Clerk Russ Malone told the Boston Globe, according to its Waltham Your Town Twitter feed. He expects 28,000 voters to cast ballots today, around 4,000 more than the 2008 election. He also told the Globe he believes voters are more passionate in this election cycle than the last. 

2:37 p.m.: As of 1:43 p.m., 1,023 voters had cast ballots at the Ward 1, precinct 2 polling place at Waltham High School. At that time, voter traffic was steady with a small line.

As of around 1:23 p.m., 533 voters had cast ballots at the Ward 6, precinct 2 polling place at the Arthur J. Clark Government Center. That figure is about 25 percent of the approximately 2,000 total registered voters, according to election warden Georgie Hallock and more than double the 200 voters they saw during the primary election. She called it "superior" turnout.

As of around 12:52 p.m., 787 voters had cast ballots at the Ward 8, precinct 2 polling place at the former South middle school. That is almost half of the approximately 1,800 registered voters. Traffic there was slow, but steady. 


     Race       Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidate Results U.S. President


15,748 Romney-Ryan 8,816 U.S. Senate

Elizabeth Warren 

13,912 Scott Brown 11,090 U.S. Congress District, 5th

Ed Markey

17,546 Tom Tierney 5,729
MA Senate DISTRICT 3rd Middlesex District Mike Barrett 14,791 Sandi Martinez 7,246
MA House DISTRICT, 10th Middlesex 
John Lawn 5,420 Francis Stanton 2,114
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian  19,194 Ernesto Petrone 2,728 Gov. Council Marilyn Devaney 15,402
Tom Sheff (independent) 5,319 Answer Results Answer Results
Question 1: 'Right to Repair' Yes 17,913 No 3,003 Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 12,323 No 11,284 Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 15,044 No 8,197
Maria L November 06, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I voted and am a little concerned. The Sharpie pen bled through the paper and was very visible on the other side. Did anyone else have this happen or know if the machine will be able to accurately read my vote? A family member's ballot (from another city) was rejected today because of the bleed through. She was told it would have to be hand counted (I didn't know this prior to voting).
A. November 07, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I had the same thing happen as Maria. It probably doesn't matter because the bleed through from one side is nowhere near the other side's bubbles. The rejected ballot sounds fishy; don't you get a fresh ballot if you spoil your first one? Sounds like the poll worker was badly trained...or worse
Brian Gentry November 07, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I had the same thing happen AND the same concern regarding the sharpie. I had voted in RI before and they use the same type of ballot. The marker was not a Sharpie there and did not bleed through.
rebe November 07, 2012 at 12:43 PM
i noticed the same thing and was also concerned about the bleed through.


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