Special election dispatch: Splitting the vote in working-class Quincy

QUINCY, Mass. — In this city a few minutes south of Boston, working-class voters were splitting between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown.

“I always vote Democratic,” said Frank Creighton, a construction worker who voted with his wife Patty at a polling place in St. John the Baptist church. “Brown doesn’t have a chance. The Democrats are gonna take care of it.”

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Both Creightons said they’d supported Coakley in the primary, and while she’d run a lackluster campaign, Brown simply rubbed them the wrong way.

Eddie Beck had the opposite take. “I voted for Obama and I’m voting for Brown,” he said. “I know it’s only been a year, but there are too many broken promises.” An independent who usually voted Democratic, he said he was strongly considering switching to the GOP.

At 2 p.m., turnout in the 2nd ward was running around 25 percent so far, out of around 1,400 people per precinct.

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