Chelsea votes with Capuano, but Coakley wins senate primary

By Joshua Resnek

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Congressman Mike Capuano won Chelsea but lost the state to Attorney General Martha Coakley, who won the Democratic side of the special election senate primary by a wide margin and now faces Republican opponent Senator Scott Brown in the election final.

A total of 1,979 Chelsea voters turned out Tuesday – 17.64 percent of the total vote possible, an exceedingly low turnout for Chelsea but slightly higher than the state average.

Capuano received 742 votes, Coakley, 649, Alan Khazei 157 and Steve Pagliuca, 196.

There were 42 blanks.

On the Republican side, Senator Scott Brown received 161 votes while Jackie Robinson received just 25. There were three blanks, according to Chelsea City Clerk Robert Bishop.

Across the state Congressman Capuano was routed by AG Coakley, who showed widespread support nearly everywhere except for Chelsea, Revere and the City of Boston.

Coakley received 310,827 votes or 47 percent of the total cast.

Capuano received 184,791 votes or 28 percent of the total cast.

Khazei received 88,929 votes or 13 percent while Pagliuca, the Boston Celtics co-owner received 80,248 or 12 percent of the total vote on the Democratic side.

If elected in January, Coakley will become the first woman senator in Massachusetts history.

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