SHREWSBURY, Mass. – Shrewsbury voters chose to send Barack Obama back to the White House Tuesday, with 78 percent of registered voters turning out for the presidential election.
In the race for state senate, Shrewsbury sided with Michael Moore, returning the Millbury Democrat to his position of four years with over 63 percent of the vote. He was opposed by Republican Steven Simonian, an Auburn Republican, who garnered over 35 percent.
In the hotly contested U.S. Senate race, Shrewsbury chose Scott Brown, who last visited the town Oct. 23 in a push for women voters. The Republican, who grabbed the seat in a 2010 special election after the death of Edward Kennedy, received 55 percent of votes over Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard University professor and American bankruptcy law expert, who received 44 percent.
Incumbent Democrat James McGovern ran uncontested for his seat in Congress, and incumbent Matthew Beaton was unopposed in a race for State Representative.
Turnout at polling places was almost as high in Shrewsbury as in the 2008 election, according to Shrewsbury Town Clerk Sandra Wright. Many voters lined up early, waiting outside in the cold before polls opened at 7 a.m.
At Precinct 5, where voters lined up two hours before polls opened, Warden Elaine Pescaro described voter turnout as "awesome."
Here is how Shrewsbury voted:
Clerk of the Courts
Register of Deeds
Question 1 (Right to Repair–settled in legislature)
Question 2 (Assisted Suicide)
Question 3 (Medical Marijuana)