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Ross Harkins Smulowitz Wasserman Garlick O'Leary

Ross Defeats Smulowitz 15,893 to 9,819

Ross Wins!

Lack of Democratic Support and Divisive Primary Costs Smulowitz

Richard Ross defeated progressive newcomer Peter Smulowitz by a decisive margin.

In the best of circumstances this was going to be a tough election for Democrats to win. The sourthern part of the district is heavily Republican. Scott Brown defeated Martha Coakley here by margins of 4-1 in many places. Had the Democracts been behind Smulowitz – it would have been possible to win with a lot of hard work.

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Peter Smulowitz vs. Richard Ross Election Update

Peter Smulowitz

Supporters of Ross and Smulowitz have been out in force today turning out the vote for their candidates. The twitterscape is alive today with messages to get out the vote.

Progressive Activists out in Force for Smulowitz

Smulowitz has been getting a huge amount of support from progressive activists. Charles Rudnick, a progressive candidate for Senate from Brookline has been out knocking on doors for Smulowitz, as has Sarah Compton, former field Director for Obama for America MA, and Harmony Wu, prominent progressive organizer for Yes We Can Needham. Smulowitz phone banks were mobbed with supporters today, and phone banks have been set up in many other towns as well, from the Sourth Shore to Northampton.

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Peter Smulowitz Campaign Under Threat from Needham Democratic Party Schism

Peter Smulowitz

Democratic infighting threatens other Needham Democratic candidates as well.

The election for the Norfolk Bristol and Middlesex Senate seat is just a week away. Progressive Democratic activists from around the state are working overtime to help Smulowitz win. There are call centers set up not just by the Smulowitz campaign, but by activists in Arlington and as far away as Northampton. Activists at BlueMassGroup have been raising money for Smulowitz. Katherine Adam has organized a fast growing independent facebook group to raise money for Smulowitz. Democratic super-activist Harmony Wu, a major organizer for Barack Obama, has been giving Smulowitz her full attention.

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Election Predictions: DiDomenico in MSE, Smulowitz in NBM

Sal DiDomenico

Today is election day in the senate seats in Middlesex Suffolk and Essex ( Galluccio’s seat ) and Norfolk Bristol and Middlesex ( Scott Brown’s seat ).

Middlesex Suffolk & Essex:

Turnout is expected to be low. Campaigns are predicting a total turnout of about 13,000 people. I think it will  be even less. Early numbers are very few people at the polls by mid-day.

Here is how I think the candidates will come in:

  • DiDomenico (33%)
  • Flaherty (26%)
  • Simmons (22%)
  • Albano (12%)
  • Benzan (6%)
  • Hill (1%)

DiDomenico’s support is solid in the northern part of the district. If you go past Everett to the north it’s DiDomenico  signs everywhere.

I think Flaherty’s support it soft. A lot of people who would prefer to vote for the true progressives ( Albano and Simmons ) are voting for him just on the perception that he’s the only Cambridge candidate who can win.

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Smulowitz Against Gambling Initiative, Harkins for it

Peter Smulowitz

The Sun Chronicle as an article about one of the few stark policy differences between Dr. Peter Smulowitz and Rep. Lida Harkins:

First-time candidate Peter Smulowitz of Needham said he opposes legalized casinos and slot machines at racetracks, while his primary election opponent, state Rep. Lida Harkins, said she favored them.

Harkins and Smulowitz are running in the primary for Norfolk Bristol & Middlesex State Senate seat vacated by Scott Brown. This is a short election with the primary coming up in barely 3 weeks on April 13th.

In this regard Harkins is aligned with Republican Richard Ross who also supports expanded gambling. Gambling opponents in this district have only one chance to elect a senator who opposes expanded gambling. If Harkins wins then both candidates in the general election on May 11th will be supporters of expanded gambling.

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Dan Winslow and Robert Fennessy Running for 9th Norfolk Representative

Dan Winslow

An interesting race is shaping up in the 9th Norfolk district. Richard Ross, the incumbent in the 9th Norfolk district is running for Senate, and is doing pretty well. There is likely to be an open seat in the 9th Norfolk district.

Two candidates are vying for that seat:

Both are running on a platform of independence and reform – which is good news for the people of the 9th Norfolk District.

Another candidate, Stanley Nacewicz (D), an Attleboro city tax assessor, is considering entering the race.

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Facebook Analysis: Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex

Richard Ross has many friends.

I did another Facebook analysis of the other special election for Scott Brown’s old seat. The same caveats apply: this is a crude measure of support. It all depends on how much effort each candidate has put into their Facebook outreach, and the demographics of their supporters. But it does give us some insight into how much support they have and how well organized their campaign is.

Lets jump right to the numbers:

The only real story here is – look at how many friends Ross has. He outpaces both of this competitors combined – by 2-1. Either he has a ton more grass roots support – or he’s got a pretty aggressive Facebook program – or probably both. He’s been in politics for more than a decade so maybe its not so surprising. read more »

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Lida Harkins funded by Lobbyists

Wrentham Center

An analysis of the campaign financing for the candidates for Scott Brown’s open state Senate seat shows that Richard Ross, Peter Smulowitz and Rich Mitchell have taken almost no contributions from lobbyists or PAC’s. Lida Harkins filings show a disturbing amount of financing by lobbyists and PACs – and a penchant for shopping.

Lets start by looking at the amount of money each candidate had on hand when they last filed disclosures in January:

  • Lida Harkins (D) – $7,192
  • Richard Ross (R) – $14,205
  • Peter Smulowitz (D) – $27,851
  • Rich Mitchell (I)  – Late entrant not yet filed.

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Scott Brown's Seat is Wide Open

These are the candidates I know about who are running to fill Scott Brown’s seat:

There aren’t a lot of candidates yet, but this should be an interesting race because this seat could go Democrat or Republican.