Shrewsbury Voters Pick Obama, Brown, Moore

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Scott Brown won Shrewsbury by about 2,000 votes.
Scott Brown won Shrewsbury by about 2,000 votes. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck (file)

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:

President
Johnson/Gray: 163
Obama/Biden: 9,674
Romney/Ryan: 8,154
Stein/Honkala: 63
Write-ins: 8

Senator
Brown: 9,990
Warren: 8039
Write-ins: 8

Representative
McGovern: 13,477
Write-ins: 326

Councillor
Caisse:11,742
Write-ins: 184

State Senate
Moore: 10,621
Simonian: 5,971
Write-ins: 23

State Representative
Beaton: 13,340
Write-ins: 159

Clerk of the Courts
McManus: 12,277
Write-ins: 162

Register of Deeds
Vigliotti:12,430
Write-ins: 154

Question 1 (Right to Repair–settled in legislature)
Yes: 14,057
No: 2,227

Question 2 (Assisted Suicide)
Yes: 7,936
No: 9,452

Question 3 (Medical Marijuana)
Yes: 10,225
No: 7,145

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