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North End voters overwhelmingly support Obama but split on Brown vs. Warren

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  November 7, 2012 01:52 PM

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Signs for statewide and national candidates were posted on the fence outside the North End’s Nazzarro Community Center.

North End voters overwhelmingly chose to re-elect Barack Obama Tuesday, but were more evenly split between Republican incumbent US Senator Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Obama received 3,311 votes in the neighborhood, compared to 2,058 for Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, according to preliminary results compiled by the Globe.

Warren received 2,789 votes in the North End, just 144 more than Senator Scott Brown’s 2,645 votes.

At the North End’s Nazzarro Community Center, just over 1,500 voters had cast their ballots by 3:45, according to David D’Arcangelo, a Malden city councilor serving as warden for Ward 3, Precinct 3. Voters were car roving in a trickle in the mid-afternoon, but there had been a line all morning, he said.

“We were packed,” D’Arcangelo said. “I couldn’t even send people to lunch. The line was around the corner.”

Bill Griffiths, an executive recruiter who moved to the North End early this year, cast his vote for Romney and Brown. He said on Tuesday that he’d like to see an end to the bitter partisanship that has made it difficult to accomplish anything in Washington.

“Generally speaking, I feel they’re more moderate and can get things done across the aisle, hopefully,” Griffiths, 57, said of the Republican candidates.

Graduate student Nathaniel Hodgson, 29, voted for both Obama and Warren. Hodgson, who is studying pharmaceutical sciences and has lived in the North End for two years, said his concerns about women’s reproductive rights were a major factor in his votes.

Hodgson said he had reservations about Obama, but they were overcome by concerns about Romney.

“I don’t think Obama has done a great job, but he’s definitely doing better than I think Romney would,” he said.

Hodgson also expressed concern about current campaign finance laws, saying of all the candidates, “I wish they spent a lot less money.”

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