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More Than 55 Percent Of Mass. Voters Cast Ballots

More than 55 percent of eligible voters trekked to the polls in Massachusetts on the Election Day, the greatest number for a non-presidential year in two decades.

That's according to final vote tallies state Secretary William Galvin is submitting for certification.

Galvin told The Associated Press on Wednesday that 2.3 million out of 4.2 million eligible voters cast ballots.

In the governor's race, Democrat Deval Patrick tallied 1.1 million votes to Republican Charles Baker's 964,866. Independent Timothy Cahill had 184,395 votes. Jill Stein of the Green/Rainbow Party had 32,895.

The difference between Patrick and Baker was 147,517 votes - fewer than the 240,233 ballots for Cahill, Stein or left blank.

The tightest race was for auditor.

Democrat Suzanne Bump defeated Republican Mary Connaughton by a 45,597-vote margin. There were 198,971 ballots left blank.

This program aired on November 17, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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