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August 30, 2005


If you live in Somerville, Medford, Winchester, or Woburn, get out to your polling place and vote!

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The polls are about to open in Winchester, Medford, most of Somerville and a ward in Woburn for the 2nd Middlesex Senate race. The weather looks crummy and the turnout is likely to be very low. [Read More]

Tracked on Aug 30, 2005 9:50:17 AM


8 out of 9 messages on my answering machine since Saturday were from campaigns. Half from independent groups supporting Jehlen, half from Mackey's campaign or his endorsers. I'd hoped to vote at 7 today but won't vote until this afternoon, which means more phone calls. That's all I can say.

Posted by: Brittain33 | Aug 30, 2005 8:52:39 AM

Saw Jehlen on College Ave. in Medford in front of Tufts. Good showing by Callahan supporters in Medford Square. Mackey and Jehlen supporters in Davis.

Posted by: Charley on the MTA | Aug 30, 2005 9:18:48 AM

Casey, Casey, Casey, Casey.
Something wierd may be happening out there today.
I undestand there was piece which attacked Casey directly and compared him to Jehlen. Lit piece actually got some votes for casey. May have been from MassEquity, but I am not sure. Stolen from, mostly Callahan and some Mackey.
But the more Jehlen mail the more votes Mackey steals from her.
Casey has worked on a targeted groupthrough out the district.
I am changinf my prediction, Casey edges out Mackey.

Posted by: The troll | Aug 30, 2005 10:10:10 AM

My polling place is the Dilboy VFW post on Summer Street in Davis Square. Plenty of Mackey and Jehlen supporters holding signs. Also a couple folks holding signs for Rebekah Gewirtz, who is running for Ward 6 Alderman in the November city election. And one sign-holder against divestment from Israel (a referendum which may or may not be on the November ballot).

Posted by: Ron Newman | Aug 30, 2005 10:28:24 AM

I voted in Medford's 6-2, in a tiny community building at the end of a cul-de-sac, at about 8:45 this morning. A few people were in and out while I was there, mostly older folks who didn't seem to be voting before heading in to an office. One Jehlen supporter holding signs--no other campaigns were there.

Jehlen supporters holding signs in Powderhouse Square, and near the Davis T on College Ave. Not sure if other campaigns were there--may have been, but I didn't notice.

Maybe it's just the corner of Medford that I live in, but I haven't seen *any* material for Casey's campaign in the neighborhood. No mail, no lawn signs, no supporters holding signs.

Posted by: medhbh | Aug 30, 2005 12:01:56 PM

those houses without signs, those cars without bumber stickers. Sura are a lot of them

Posted by: The troll | Aug 30, 2005 12:04:39 PM

only kidding. What part of medford is 6-2? Is it near somerville border. Powderhouse square and College ave should be prime jehlen stand out place. Anyone from Winchester, woburn or north Medford voted?

Posted by: The troll | Aug 30, 2005 12:07:48 PM

If you saw people standing with signs on College Avenue in Somerville, they were probably in front of Ciampa Manor, a senior citizen building which serves as a polling place.

Here's a list of all Somerville polling places.

Posted by: Ron Newman | Aug 30, 2005 12:38:35 PM

any turnout info? Is any candidate using poll checkers?

Posted by: The troll | Aug 30, 2005 1:09:50 PM

Troll, to answer your question: yes, my corner of Medford is near the Somervile line, the chunk bounded by Rte 16, Boston Ave, Winthrop Street.

And, my point re: no signs was that I haven't seen *Casey* signs around here. Plenty of Jehlen signs, good number of Mackey signs, and a sprinkling of Callahan signs. And, frankly, my house doesn't have a sign because I rent, and I didn't want to make waves with my landlord. I don't have a car, so no bumper sticker, either--but even if I had a car, I wouldn't put my candidate's sticker on it--I don't put bumper stickers of any sort, political, smart-ass, or cutesy, on my car. One of my quirks.

So, I'm not sure that generalizations (from previous posts, not today's) about who doesn't have signs on their lawns, and why, are useful.

Posted by: Medhbh | Aug 30, 2005 1:11:25 PM

Callahan had all the cars on my block fliered, and I saw his people in Medford Square. I voted at 7:15am in Medford 6-2 and didn't see anybody with any signs.

Posted by: Sue | Aug 30, 2005 1:34:29 PM

My unofficial survey at work among people who are generally liberal but not strongly connected to politics is that they're voting for Jehlen, but don't feel they know a lot about the race. They liked her mailings, they said what she stood for and these people said "that's who I'm for." They know nothing about Mackey although one knew he got a lot of newspaper endorsements. Mix of Medford and Somerville.

Posted by: Brittain33 | Aug 30, 2005 1:36:08 PM

whooa, calm down medhbh. i said i was kidding.
Touchy touchy progressive.

Posted by: The troll | Aug 30, 2005 1:37:02 PM

that's an ole joke about the houses without the house signs. Relax.

Posted by: The troll | Aug 30, 2005 1:37:46 PM

"people who are generally liberal but not strongly connected to politics "
A lot of them don't vote, especially in special elections, primary, in august, in the rain.

Posted by: The troll | Aug 30, 2005 1:48:33 PM

Hey troll…as the rain drives the turnout lower would you care to buy into my “narrow Jehlen victory theory” or do you want to stick with your “Casey finds his niche” scenario?

Posted by: the sound of one hand clapping | Aug 30, 2005 2:24:42 PM

Well, yes, if we were talking about voters in the abstract or having this conversation weeks ago, but I was talking with real people who said they were going to vote this afternoon or had already voted before work.

Maybe they were lying, but based on what I know of these people, they're not.

Posted by: Brittain33 | Aug 30, 2005 2:27:21 PM

ummm, I guess I missed the joke, Troll. Not being defensive here, or implying the joke wasn't funny--just 'fessing up that I didn't realize it was a joke. And otherwise, was just elaborating on comments you've made here recently (though, as I noted, not today). I'm plenty chill, though I'm heartened to know of your concern that I have too much stress in my life. :-D

Posted by: Medhbh | Aug 30, 2005 2:49:03 PM

I say Jehlen wins, but not by a lot. She has by far the best field organization, the most volenteers, ect. There were a good 30-40 people holding signs in Davis yesterday afternoon. She also has poll checkers at every precinct, which Callahan doesnt. Mackey might, I dunno. I cant see Callahan winning. Jehlen has been sending out a lot more mailings then Mackey or Callahan. Casey doesnt have a shot, he will be very lucky if he isnt 4th. My best guess...
Casey-Some small number

Of course we could all be wrong and Jehlen could win in a landslide....I hope.

Posted by: jehlen volenteer | Aug 30, 2005 3:16:16 PM

"I cant see Callahan winning".
- Very easy, all he needs is 70% of the Medford vote and a Jehlen/Mackey split in Somerville

"Casey doesnt have a shot, he will be very lucky if he isnt 4th".
- Ignore the troll at your own peril.

"Jehlen has been sending out a lot more mailings then Mackey".
- Yes and boy has Mass Equality hurt themselves (and possibly Jehlen as well). Please point out one resident who isn't sick of throwing their stuff in the trash.

"I say Jehlen wins, but not by a lot".
- Thanks, I have been saying that for 2 weeks.

Posted by: the sound of one hand clapping | Aug 30, 2005 3:43:38 PM

Just got back from voting at Medford 2-2, and I saw a bunch of Callahan signs heading into the Roberts School, with 1 each of Callahan and Mackey just outside the school. No Jehlen or Casey signs. Very few Jehlen signs on the yards here in my neck of the Medford woods - mostly Callahan and Mackey.

As for mailings, I've gotten a ton from Jehlen, Mackey and Callahan - no Casey ones. We had Callahan flyers stuck under our windshield wipers this morning, and a Jehlen on the doorknob. And waaaaay too many phone calls.

Posted by: jdarnodl | Aug 30, 2005 4:17:16 PM

Signs Don't vote

Posted by: The troll | Aug 30, 2005 4:45:33 PM

Medhbh, how long have you lived in medford?
just curious
Funny you do not hnave a car. I mentioned in a previous comment that Jehlen supporters less likly to have car and therefore less likly to come out in rain.

Posted by: The troll | Aug 30, 2005 4:48:13 PM

What is turn out. Didn't Jehlen take count throughout the day?
Does she have poll checkers antwhere?

Posted by: The troll | Aug 30, 2005 4:48:59 PM

Hey onehand,
I'm staying with my longshot surprisng everyone in the end.
If I am right, will you kneel to to the altar of the troll?

p.s. could be recount

Posted by: The troll | Aug 30, 2005 4:51:14 PM

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