[UPDATED: 12:47 a.m.] Lexington Election Results 2012
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The (unofficial) results are in and, after 83 percent of Lexington's registered voters cast their ballots, it looks like the town, like the state, went with Democrats and "Yes" votes across the board.
Scroll down below the votes for dispatches from the field on Election Day.
Obama Over Romney: U.S. President
With 12,675 votes in Lexington, President Barack Obama tallied more than twice the total of Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who earned 5,287. Lexington's hometown candidate, Green Party nominee Jill Stein, received 159 votes, while Gary Johnson's Libertarian ticket earned only 136 votes.
Warren Wins Lexington, State: U.S. Senate
Lexington voters went for Democrat Elizabeth Warren almost as steadily as they did for the president. Warren won 11,859 votes, while incumbent Republican Scott Brown collected 6,386.
Markey's Their Man: 5th Congressional District
Ed Markey, the Congressman with 30-plus years under his belt, held off anothe challenger, this time from Tom Tierney, an actuary consultant from Framingham. In Lexington, Markey collected 13,465 votes to Tierney's 3,862.
Barrett Bests Martinez: State Senate, Third Middlesex District
Donnelly Does It Again: State Senate, 4th Middlesex Distrct
Incumbent Ken Donnelly (D-Arlingotn) easily held onto his seat against Republican challenger Gerry Dembrowski, outpacing his opponent by a wide margain -- 8,239 to 2,664 -- in Lexington, where he used to be a firefighter.
LIVE 2012 LEXINGTON ELECTION RESULTS (Contested Races Only)
|Race||Democratic Candidates||Results||Republican Candidates||Results||Green Candidates||Results||Libertarian Candidates||Results|
|U.S. Congress District, 5th||
|MA Senate DISTRICT 3rd Middlesex District||Mike Barrett||4,091||Sandi Martinez||1,226|
|MA Senate DISTRICT 4th Middlesex District
||Ken Donnelly||8,239||Gerry Dembrowski
|Middlesex County Sheriff||Peter Koutoujian||11,416||Ernesto Petrone||2,642|
|Gov. Council||Marilyn Devaney||8,703||Tom Sheff||2,455|
|Question 1: 'Right to Repair'||Yes||13,700||No||1,823|
|Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication||Yes||10,836||No||6,702|
|Question 3: Medical Marijuana||Yes||11,461||No||6,030|
UPDATED 2:52 p.m. --
Voting numbers soared past 1,000 in precincts 1, 2 and 5 as Election Day neared its midpoint and wardens reported the long lines of early this morning shortened into a steady stream that persisted into the early afternoon.
Political signs were scarce outside Cary Hall and the Bowman School, but election workers and wardens said voters inside were largely well informed and often brought their children, as the Lexington Public Schools are not in session today.
Another trend observed was an uptick in new voters and/or those who were on the "inactive list," meaning they had not voted since the last presidential election. Speaking of that, election wardens around town said they believe interest in this year's election is even higher than when President Obama was elected in 2008.
"It's very hectic," said Richard Pemberton, the warden for Precinct 1. "Four years ago it wasn't quite as much interest as this. I think there's maybe more because of the Senate race" between incumbent Republican Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.
While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney caused a bit of a stir when he voted this morning in Belmont, there was no such ruckus surrounding Lexington's hometown presidential hopeful, Jill Stein of the Green Party.
She actually voted absentee, according to Rebecca Fagan Gorospe, the warden in Precint 2, where Stein would have voted. But there was still plenty of activity at Bowman, where 1,207 voters had cast ballots by about 1 p.m.
"It seems like people are coming through pretty smoothly," said Fagan Gorospe. "And everyone has been very pleasant."