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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.