Massachusetts voters have been swamped with phone calls and television ads to get out the vote in today’s special primary election. Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown are in a tight race to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat. Nancy Cohen from WNPR reports from a polling place in Northampton, Massachusetts
Outside 55 year-old John Milligan stands under falling snow holding up a sign that reads Scott Brown for United States Senate. Milligan wants to counter the Democratic agenda which he says is based on the idea that government should provide everything for everybody.
“I don’t really care for government meddling in my medical care. It’s bad enough now with big insurance companies controlling it. We don’t need insurance companies and government intervention.”
Standing a few feet from Milligan were four Martha Coakley supporters huddled under umbrellas. Social worker David Beauvais says Martha Coakley is a fighter who has proven herself overtime.
“I really feel I have to do something. I’ve never done this before and I feel that this particular election is just terribly ironic that Ted Kennedy leaves the seat and there’s a chance that Scott Brown could be elected.”
Beauvais has at least one thing in common with Milligan, the Brown supporter. Both say they’ve hardly ever been involved in campaigning before, but that this election is very important.
For WNPR, I'm Nancy Cohen.