Turnout in Boston exceeded 2008 presidential election

Voters lined up to cast their ballots at the Boston Public Library on Tuesday.
Voters lined up to cast their ballots at the Boston Public Library on Tuesday.

Voter turnout in Boston on Election Night exceeded the levels reached in the groundbreaking 2008 presidential election and far outpaced turnout in the 2010 special election that placed Republican Scott Brown in the US Senate, according to numbers released by the city.

Voters also boosted Brown’s Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, by a stronger margin in the state’s biggest city, giving her a major boost on the way to her historic victory.

With a hard-fought race on the ballot between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, voters flocked to the polls to have their say, overwhelmingly choosing Obama for a second term and, in most cases, voting, too, for Warren.


A total of 251,339 people voted Tuesday, or 65 percent of the registered voters. That was more than the 236,525, or 62 percent, who voted in 2008. It also was far higher than the January 2010 special election turnout in which Brown scored a stunning upset over Martha Coakley. Only 153,827, or 43 percent of voters turned out for that race.

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Obama won 79 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s presidential race, while Romney won 19 percent. At the same time, Warren won 74 percent, while 26 percent backed Brown.

Brown had done better during the 2010 special election, winning 30 percent of the vote, compared with 69 percent for Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Boston gave Warren a total of 183,606 votes in Tuesday’s election, compared with 105,289 cast for Coakley in the 2010 special election.