Historically Low Turnout Expected In Mass. Senate Special Election
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BOSTON (CBS) – On a hot Monday evening, The Common Market in Quincy was packed. Gabriel Gomez supporters came to see their candidate, but to also see a man many of them helped elect three years ago. “Please join me in welcoming our next Senator from Massachusetts, Gabriel Gomez,” Scott Brown said as he introduced Gomez.
Gomez’s faithful would like to see a repeat of Brown’s win in 2010, but this campaign has lacked enthusiasm, reflected in what’s expected to be record low voter turnout. “All of the indicators indicate to us that the interest is not there,” said Secretary of State Bill Galvin citing absentee balloting, voter registration and inquiries to his office’s website.
“It’s a different time and a different race, different candidates,” Brown said. “But the bottom line is the voters of Massachusetts have an opportunity to send a very powerful message to Washington.”
Monday’s gathering was the first public campaign event between the Brown and Gomez, although Gomez said Brown’s been working behind the scenes to help. “You know, helping to raise money and he and I have been talking and texting and you know he’s been a great advisor,” Gomez said. “I’ve been doing things that I’ve been asked to do and I’m happy to be here,” Brown added. (Continued…)