Latest Updates: Election Day In Mass.

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Rounding Up Election 2012 Results

Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren and her husband, Bruce Mann (Nick Dynan for WBUR)

Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren and her husband, Bruce Mann (Nick Dynan for WBUR)

11/7 Update: Two concessions: Backers of the doctor-assisted suicide ballot question and Richard Tisei, in the 6th district.

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There’s still no resolution on Massachusetts’ doctor-assisted suicide ballot question, and folks are still voting in Florida, and there may be more news coming out of the state’s 6th Congressional District, but, just before 3 a.m., that’s essentially a wrap on Election 2012. So here are your headlines:


Four More Years: President Obama Wins Re-Election

Democrats Retain U.S. Senate; Republicans Keep U.S. House


Challenger Elizabeth Warren Tops Incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown

In A Down-To-The-Wire Race, Rep. Tierney Bests Tisei In 6th District

There’s A New Kennedy In Congress, As JK3 Beats Bielat In 4th District

— Mass. Democratic Incumbents Sweep In Congressional Races: Neal, McGovern, Capuano, Markey, Keating, Lynch, Tsongas

Mass. Voters Approve Medical Marijuana

Mass. Voters Approve Auto Repair Question


How’d Your Massachusetts Municipality Vote? See This Map

State-By-State Presidential Map


Photos: Mass. Campaigns On Election Night

Photos: U.S. Election Through A Global Lens

You can also scroll through this live blog for how Election Night unfolded.

Photos: Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown

The race has been called, but the margin — with 93 percent reporting, Warren is up on Brown by 8 points — is larger-than-expected. Here are snapshots of the candidates’ respective speeches:

Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren, during her victory speech (Nick Dynan for WBUR)

Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren, during her victory speech (Nick Dynan for WBUR)

Sen. Scott Brown, during his concession speech (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

Sen. Scott Brown, during his concession speech (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

Here’s the early AP report on the race’s outcome. Here’s Warren’s victory speech; here’s Brown’s speech.

Elsewhere: Maine, Md. Approve Same-Sex Marriage Measures

Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage and, tonight, (at least) two other states are poised to join the Bay State. First:

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine voters approve same-sex marriage, marking milestone for gay rights movement.

It’s the first state to approve of same-sex marriage by ballot, as opposed to through a law or court rulings.

Additionally, The Washington Post reports that Maryland voters approved of same-sex marriage. It’s also on the ballot in Washington state tonight.

2:10 a.m.: The New York Times clarifies on Washington state:

In Washington State, supporters of a referendum authorizing same-sex marriage appeared to have an edge in pre-election polls, but final results were not expected until later this week because ballots were still being mailed in as late as Tuesday.

What About Physician-Assisted Suicide?

We’ve told you about results for two of three Massachusetts ballot questions, but what about the third? Well, as of this writing, Question 2, on physician-assisted suicide is within 2 percentage points.

According to WBUR’s Martha Bebinger, the campaigns on both sides of the issue are packing up tonight, and will hope for a final tally tomorrow. CommonHealth has more on this divided question.

Obama Wins Re-Election

Other outlets had called it earlier, but this just in, as NPR confirms:

OBAMA WINS: After a hard-fought battle with Republican Mitt Romney, President Obama has been re-elected, NPR now projects. With 10 Electoral College votes from Wisconsin now in his win column, the president has 275 — five more than needed to be president.

11:45 p.m.: The lede of NPR’s report:

The euphoria of Barack Obama’s supporters on election night four years ago was replaced Tuesday by relief, as the incumbent president won a second term over Republican Mitt Romney in an effort powered more by organization than by ideas.

12:25 a.m.: With the race decided (but before Obama or Romney have spoken), we’re continuing to follow the results in swing states. NPR has projected Obama to be the winner in Virginia, which brings him to 303 electoral votes, according to their tally.

So far, he’s won all these swing states — Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire, according to NPR projections.

1:10 a.m.: Romney has offered his concession speech, in which he said, in part: “I pray that the president will be successful in guiding this nation.” Here’s the video of the speech:

2 a.m.: Obama just completed his victory speech. The president said for the country, “the best is yet to come,” but stressed that progress is hard work. As NPR’s live blog noted:

Talking of hope, the president says he isn’t speaking of “blind optimism.” He’s talking, Obama says, about the faith that “something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.”

He also said he’ll return to the White House “more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the work that lies ahead.”

Here’s video of Obama’s speech:

In Down-To-The-Wire Race, Tierney Tops Tisei

1:22 a.m.: There may be more on this race, however:

1 a.m.: And we have a call. The AP reports:

BULLETIN (AP) – John Tierney, Dem, elected U.S. House, District 6, Massachusetts.

11:20 p.m.: WBUR’s Deborah Becker gets new information:

Tisei says he is within 8/10ths of a percent to John Tierney. Says he is nor conceding but thanking supporters

11:07 p.m.: WBUR’s Deborah Becker tweets that Tisei is about to concede.

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With about 80 percent reporting, we’re watching results in the 6th Congressional District. As of now, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tierney is up on Republican challenger Richard Tisei, 49 percent to 46 percent.

WBUR’s Deborah Becker reported earlier that, as the lead began to shift to the incumbent, election watchers began leaving Tisei’s party in Peabody. Here’s her on-air report during WBUR-FM’s election special:

Video: Retiring Rep. Frank On #MA04

Retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank spoke with WBUR’s Curt Nickisch at the Election Night party of Democrat Joseph Kennedy III, who earlier tonight won the seat Frank is vacating:

Romney Loses Belmont, Mass.

We told you earlier that Mitt Romney, in what was expected, lost Massachusetts to President Obama. There’s this also, from WBUR’s Steve Brown:

Mitt Romney loses home town of Belmont, 64.7% to 33.6%

Warren Tops Brown, Wins Senate Seat

This just in:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrat Elizabeth Warren wins Senate seat in Massachusetts.

10:15 p.m.: We’ll obviously have much more on this big story. For now, the topline news is that Warren, a first-time politician, has topped Brown, who swept into the Senate in a stunning 2010 special election upset to replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

As the AP notes, Warren “becomes the first woman elected to the Senate from Massachusetts.”

10:25 p.m.: WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti is at victorious Warren headquarters, where Gov. Deval Patrick is now speaking. He said:

It’s a good night. You did it.

When we talk about grassroots, we’re not just talking about a strategy. We’re talking about a philosophy.

10:38 p.m.: Here’s a panorama of the Warren party, from photograph Nicholas Dynan.

10:42 p.m.: Brown is addressing his gathering. “I accept the decision of the voters,” he said. He added, per WBUR’s Lynn Jolicoeur: “I kept my promise to you to be that independent voice from Massachusetts, and I have never regretted any decision I made for you.”

Here’s video and audio of Brown’s full speech:

11:24 p.m.: Warren has given her victory speech to a raucous crowd.

“We’re going to fight for a level playing field and put people back to work,” she said. She also credited supporters for “teaching a scrappy first timer how to get in the ring and win.”

Here’s video, and audio of her speech:

NPR Projects N.H. For President Obama

This just in, from NPR’s live blog:

President Obama has won New Hampshire, NPR projects. That’s a battleground state in his win column. It’s also where Mitt Romney has a vacation home and is next door to Massachusetts, where Romney was governor.

Mass. Ballot Questions: Voters Approve Medical Marijuana, Right To Repair

This just in from The Associated Press, in two separate bulletins:

BULLETIN (AP) – Question 1 – Yes Right to Repair, approved, Massachusetts.

BULLETIN (AP) – Question 3 – Yes Medical Marijuana, approved, Massachusetts.

Here’s the information on Question 1 (auto repair) and Question 3 (medical marijuana).

And, on Question 1, recall that state lawmakers passed a compromise law on the issue, after it was placed on the ballot, but some auto clubs said it doesn’t go far enough.

10 p.m.: CommonHealth has a post on Question 3’s passage. An excerpt:

Under the law, which takes effect January 1, any patient diagnosed with a “debilitating medical condition,” including cancer, glaucoma, HIV-AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn’s or Parkinson’s disease, ALS or multiple sclerosis can legally use marijuana medicinally as long as the patient obtains a legitimate written certificate from his or her doctor.

Kennedy III Tops Bielat, Wins 4th District

Joseph Kennedy III, after his 4th district win (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Joseph Kennedy III, after his 4th district win (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

According to The Associated Press, Democrat Joseph Kennedy III has won the 4th Congressional District race, topping Republican Sean Bielat.

Kennedy III will return the famous political family to Congress, and replace retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.

Other Massachusetts races just called by the AP (all Democratic incumbents):

— Rep. Stephen Lynch, 8th district
— Rep. Michael Capuano, 7th district
— Rep. Ed Markey, 5th district
— Rep. Niki Tsongas, 3rd district

Update at 9:40 p.m.: (AP) – Bill Keating, Dem, elected U.S. House, District 9, Massachusetts.

And, to clarify, U.S. Reps. Richard Neal (1st district) and James McGovern (2nd district) were uncontested, and thus will also be returning to Washington.

So, the only congressional race we’re waiting on right now is the 6th district between Rep. John Tierney and Richard Tisei.

Right Now, It’s A Waiting Game

They may be looking at a map of Ohio here, but photographer Dominick Reuter captures Scott Brown supporters watching returns at Brown’s party. With 20 percent reporting, Elizabeth Warren leads Brown, 52 percent to 48.

Supporters of Sen. Scott Brown watch Ohio returns in the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney on Tuesday at Brown's campaign party headquarters. (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

Supporters of Sen. Scott Brown watch Ohio returns in the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney on Tuesday at Brown’s campaign party. (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

Checking In On Brown-Warren

On WBUR-FM this hour, WBUR’s Bob Oakes spoke with Elizabeth Warren adviser Doug Rubin, who said he’s pleased with reports of strong turnout today:

We also spoke with Robert Maginn, the state Republican Party chairman, from Sen. Scott Brown’s headquarters:

— Another note: Gov. Deval Patrick, a top surrogate for President Obama who’s also campaigned for Warren, is in Massachusetts tonight, at Warren’s rally.

Senate Races: King Wins Maine; Murphy Wins Conn.

Two AP alerts from big U.S. Senate races in states just outside our border:

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Independent Maine ex-Gov. King, who vowed to fix broken US Senate, wins race for Snowe seat.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrat Chris Murphy wins Senate seat in Connecticut.

On NPR News, the independent King said “he’ll decide when he gets down there” [to D.C.] about which party to caucus with. You can follow the Senate balance of power (and all other races and results) here.

And here’s King on NPR:

1 Speech Prepped For Romney In Boston

From NPR’s Election Night live blog:

Mitt Romney also told reporters today that he’s only written one speech — a victory address. He said he hasn’t penned a concession, NPR’s Ari Shapiro reports.

Payne & Domke: (Early) Election Night Analysis

Mass. Called For President Obama

Right at 8 p.m., when the polls closed here, both AP and NPR called Massachusetts for President Obama.

Roundup: Other Races We’re Watching

A camera is set up at Joseph Kennedy III's Election Night rally in Newton. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

A camera is set up at Joseph Kennedy III’s Election Night rally in Newton. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

With a few minutes until polls close in Massachusetts, a couple of other notes:

— We’re watching the 4th Congressional District race between Republican Sean Bielat and Democrat Joseph Kennedy III. The Herald reports that both made last-minute pitches to voters today. Here’s Bielat to the Herald:

Last time [in the 2010 race against Rep. Barney Frank], I knew the odds were against me, but I felt the momentum was on our side. … This time, it’s a lot closer. It’s just a different feeling.

— The Globe reports that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino voted by absentee ballot, because he’s still in the hospital battling a viral infection and a back injury.

— We’re watching ballot questions in Massachusetts, but also in other New England states. For instance, gay marriage is on the ballot in Maine, and Rhode Island is looking at expanded gaming in its state.

Presidential State Calls

7:24 p.m.: No surprises early: NPR has called four states for Romney: Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina; and one for Obama: Vermont.*

Clarification: AP has only called Kentucky and Vermont so far.

7:35 p.m.: (AP) – Romney wins West Virginia.

8 p.m.: With new polls closing, a slew have been called by NPR, including Massachusetts for Obama. Also for the president just now: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. And for Romney just now: Alabama, Oklahoma and Mississippi.

8:45 p.m.: Some other states (again, no surprises) NPR has called: Arkansas, Tennessee for Romney and Maine for Obama.

9:!5 p.m.: With a new round of polls closing at 9 p.m., the AP has called these states:

(AP) – Obama wins NY, MI; Romney wins NE, WY, KS, LA, SD, TX, ND.


(AP) – Obama wins New Jersey; Romney wins Arkansas.

10:45 p.m.: We’re up to 163 electoral votes for Obama, and 174 for Romney, per NPR’s count. See NPR’s live blog for continued updates of these called states.

Voting Lines As Darkness Falls In Allston

WBUR’s Jesse Costa returned this evening with these photos:

Voters wait in line outside the Jackson Mann School in Boston's Allston neighborhood. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Voters wait in line outside the Jackson Mann School in Allston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A voter looks at his phone outside the polling place at the Honan-Allston branch of the Boston Public Library. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A voter looks at his phone outside the polling place at the Honan-Allston branch of the Boston Public Library. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Mass. Exit Poll: Economy No. 1 Issue; Government Role

The Associated Press has just published its Massachusetts exit poll. Here are two highlights:

– The economy was the top issue on Massachusetts voters’ minds Tuesday, and nothing else was close. About 6 out of 10 voters chose that as their top issue, with health care a distant second with about 1 in 10 considering that issue as most important. About that same ratio picked the budget deficit as their biggest concern, while only 1 in 20 chose foreign policy.

– Just over half of Massachusetts voters said the government should do more to solve problems while a significant portion of Bay Staters, nearly five out of 10, believe government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.

One note, from the AP: “The preliminary exit poll of 1,173 Massachusetts voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research in a random sample of 30 precincts statewide. Results were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.”

Roundtable: How 3 Mass. Voters Reached Their Decisions

From left: Voters Ayikudy “Sri” Srikanth, of North Reading; Michael Kerr, of Roslindale; and Eula Kozma, of Medford; speak with WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

From left: Voters Ayikudy “Sri” Srikanth, of North Reading; Michael Kerr, of Roslindale; and Eula Kozma, of Medford; speak with WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Last hour, WBUR All Things Considered host Sacha Pfeiffer spoke with three Massachusetts voters about how they arrived at their decisions and how comfortable they are with the votes they’re casting. She spoke with:

— Ayikudy “Sri” Srikanth, of North Reading. He’s 41 years old, married with two young children, and works at a Waltham software company.

— Eula Kozma, of Medford. She’s 29, married with an infant, and works part time for a Boston nonprofit.

— Michael Kerr, of Roslindale. He’s 51, single with no children, and works in human resources for Boston University. (Hit play on the player below):

It’s Nearly Closing Time: Sites To Check Out

In an hour — at 7 p.m. EST — the first polls close in Indiana and Virginia close.*

In addition to following this blog and our results (of course), here are a few links to check out:

— The Boston Globe has Election Day reports, plotted on a Massachusetts map

— NPR has a live blog and returns dashboard

— For the presidential race, both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal offer what to look for as the night progresses

— Want to make your own last-minute Electoral College prediction? Check out 270towin.com

— NPR Digital Services has a live blog aggregating NPR member stations in states with key races

*Correction: This post originally stated that the first polls closed at 6 p.m., not 7 p.m. We regret the error.

Don’t Forget About The Legislature

The Massachusetts State House (koalie/Flickr)

The Massachusetts State House (koalie/Flickr)

Yes, we’re all watching a full slate of races and ballot questions, but WBUR’s Steve Brown reminds us to keep an eye on the Massachusetts Legislature results. His race to watch:

The most watched state Senate race is probably the Plymouth and Barnstable district. It features a rematch between Democratic Senate President Therese Murray, of Plymouth, and her Republican challenger, Thomas Keyes, of Sandwich. Keyes did very well against Murray in 2010, losing by only 4.8 points — 52.4 percent to 47.6 percent.

More Reports Of High Turnout: Lawrence, Waltham

Following reports of strong turnout in Boston, Brockton and Burlington, WBUR’s Deborah Becker passes this along from Lawrence:

Turnout in heavily Democratic Lawrence has been very high all day.

“We’ve got lines basically since 7 a.m.,” a B4 precinct official said. “At one point it was over an hour, I think, because it stretched all the way down the hall and around. It’s really unbelievable.”

And from WBUR’s Fred Thys in bellwether Waltham:

Voting at the old Bright Elementary School is pretty steady. A lot of people are coming in between two jobs, or they’re taking some time out of their jobs to vote. We’re told by the clerk here in Waltham that this is the busiest polling station in town.

One of the reasons we’re looking at Waltham is Scott Brown just barely won it two years ago in his race against Martha Coakley, so it will be interesting to see whether he is able to retain it in his race against Elizabeth Warren.

Updated Boston Turnout Figures

The city has reported that as of 3 p.m., 148,134 ballots were cast in Boston. That’s a turnout percentage of just over 38 percent.

It’s now about 5 p.m., and polls are open in the city — and statewide — for another three hours.

Brockton Sees High Volume Of Voters

WBUR’s Steve Brown was in Brockton earlier today, and found another community experiencing high turnout:

Like most other communities, Brockton is reporting a high volume of voters today. Election officials here expect turnout to meet or exceed the 73 percent turnout from four years ago.

John McGary, the city’s elections executive director, said with a few exceptions, things are going very well at the polls.

“The only problems we’ve run into is, you know, you get a voter who only shows up every four years, they’ve moved around a few times, they haven’t sent their census forms in, you know, it slows up the process for a lot of people, but overall everyone’s been great out there,” McGary said.

Voters should plan for long lines, especially in the late afternoon until polls close at 8 p.m.

Killing Time In The Voting Line

WBUR’s Joe Spurr captured this shot in Cambridge this morning:

A resident reads while waiting in the voting line outside the Cambridge Community Center on Callender Street. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

A resident reads while waiting in the voting line outside the Cambridge Community Center on Callender Street. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

You can find more polling place photos here.

Checking In On The 6th District

WBUR’s Deborah Becker has been visiting polling locations in the 6th Congressional District, where there’s a tight race between Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney and his Republican challenger, former state Sen. Richard Tisei.

Last hour, from Burlington, she filed this report for our Newscast unit:

There’s still a steady stream of voters here in Burlington. Police are directing traffic and trying to keep things running smoothly. There’s only one polling place here, at the high school, and it has a long driveway lined with voters and candidate signs.

Officials here estimate that turnout is up about 10 percent over the 2008 presidential election. In North Andover, where the polls opened at 6 a.m., officials say people started lining up at 5:30 a.m. to vote.

Officials at all the polling locations say the big reasons people are coming out to vote are the presidential and U.S Senate elections.

You can find WBUR’s complete coverage of the 6th district race here.

Get Your Election Night Maps Here

We just hit publish on our post of interactive maps for tonight’s returns. On it, you can follow state-by-state presidential race results, and town-by-town results for Massachusetts races. We’ll also have a dashboard of full returns, too.

So You Wanna #showmeyourballot? It’s Illegal In Mass.

Don’t Instagram that ballot! On Twitter, we’ve been noticing a lot of people — including one Boston city councilor — share photos of their filled-in ballots. But, as WBUR’s Nate Goldman reports, such sharing is illegal in Massachusetts.

Romney Campaign Charging $1,000 For Media Credential To Boston Event

In addition to voting in Belmont, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will have his Election Night gathering in Boston, at the city’s convention center. But media access to that event is causing a bit of a stir. As The Springfield Republican reports:

The Republican/MassLive.com … planned on sending a team of at least four reporters to Romney’s headquarters, but decided to send only one after it was revealed by the Romney campaign that the cost for each approved credential was $1,020.

To the paper, one Poynter Institute teacher called the payment “outrageous.”

Galvin: Mass. Elections Running Smoothly So Far

Each Election Day we watch for problems at the polls. While there are some very long lines in Florida and confusion in New Jersey, Secretary of State William Galvin says that today’s election appears to be running smoothly so far.

He told our Newscast unit that only scattered reports of problems have surfaced throughout Massachusetts, with the biggest concern being lines:

All precincts are up and operating and we have a very good turnout, very steady turnout. Our biggest problem is unfortunately we of course in many places have lines, but that’s what happens when you have a lot of people trying to exercise their right at the same time.

Romney, Warren, Brown Vote In Mass.

Speaking of turnout, us regular folk weren’t the only ones voting in Massachusetts this morning. See below for photos of Mitt Romney voting in Belmont, Elizabeth Warren voting in Cambridge, and Scott Brown voting in Wrentham (President Obama voted early in Chicago last month):

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gets an "I voted" sticker after he and his wife Ann voted in Belmont. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gets an “I voted” sticker after he and his wife Ann voted in Belmont. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren casts her ballot as she and her husband, Bruce Mann, right, visited the polls near their Cambridge home. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren casts her ballot as she and her husband, Bruce Mann, right, visited the polls near their Cambridge home. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown waits in line with his daughter Arianna to cast his vote in Wrentham. (Gretchen Ertl/AP)

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown waits in line with his daughter Arianna to cast his vote in Wrentham. (Gretchen Ertl/AP)

Reports Of High Turnout Early On

Our newsroom is getting anecdotal evidence of longer-than-normal voting lines so far today. Our own Fred Thys waited in a surprisingly long line in Weymouth this morning:

In the eight years I’ve voted here, I have never seen so many people vote. There was a line snaking around the hallways of the school. I spoke to people here far longer than I. They cannot remember so many people turning out to vote. It looks like secretary of state’s prediction could turn out to be true.

(On Monday, Secretary of State William Galvin said a record number of Massachusetts residents could head to the polls Tuesday.)

As of noon, 103,169 votes were cast in Boston, which is a turnout rate among voters of nearly 27 percent. As The Phoenix’s David Bernstein reports, there were 164,312 total votes when Brown won his special Senate election in 2010.

It’s Election Day In Mass.

The voting line outside the Cambridge Community Center on Callender Street (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

The voting line outside the Cambridge Community Center on Callender Street (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

It’s Election Day in Massachusetts and across the country. Through tonight — and very possibly the early morning — this blog will feature snapshots from polling places around Greater Boston, news updates and, of course, results.

In addition to results within the blog, wbur.org will have an updated dashboard and maps of returns, beginning at 7 p.m. EST. WBUR-FM also goes live on air with special Election Night coverage, beginning at 7.

A few of our headlines from earlier today:

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