HARVARD - Harvard voted overwhelmingly in support of the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden. The Democratic duo secured 60 percent of the Harvard vote on Tuesday.
Jake O'Hara was among the Obama supporters. "The economy has gone up and down before from the time of the country's inception, but right now the focus needs to be on humanity, human kind and human kindness."
Once a registered Republican, Cynthia Riddle is now a Democrat. She voted for Obama though didn't necessarily vote for Democrats down the entire ballot.
"I like his character," said Riddle about Obama. "I don't like Mitt's character."
Though she didn't vote for him in 2008, Jennifer Hogan voted for Obama on Tuesday. Hogan said she's a fan of both "Obama-care" and his support for funding the National Science Foundation for graduate students. "My livelihood depends on it."
Thirty-seven percent of Harvard's voters opted for the Republican ticket of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his vice presidential running mate Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.
"I just like his economic plan better," said Still River resident Rebecca Laughlin, explaining why she voted for Romney. "We need a little more focus on that than social issues right now."
"I'm not happy with the way things have been going," said Karen Palmer, who voted for Romney. "Change is good."
"Obama said he was going to half the deficit but he doubled it," said Rick Johnson after he left the Bromfield School polling location.
"Democrats and Republicans are essentially the same party in many ways," said Anthony Serino, who cast his ballot for Justice Party presidential candidate Rocky Anderson and his vice presidential running mate Luis Rodriguez. Serino said the two stood for campaign finance reform and against "perpetration of the two party system."
Obama and Romney filled the airwaves with advertising, something Yuling DiPietro was "definitely sick of hearing." She voted for Romney. "I don't like the attitude of Obama. He talks down to people"
In the end, however, DiPietro hoped for a brighter tomorrow. "I hope good things come out of this, whatever you want."
Democratic Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren edged out Republican Sen. Scott Brown, earning 54 percent of the Harvard vote compared to Brown's 44 percent. That was the final statewide outcome and Warren will be sworn into office in January.
District wide, Democratic Congressman Niki Tsongas ruled the race to maintain her seat in the House over Republican challenger Jonathan Golnik. Tsongas earned 63 percent of the Harvard vote compared to 34 percent of Harvard ballots cast for Golnik.
Senator Jamie Eldridge will return to Beacon Hill with a district wide win and 63 percent of the Harvard vote compared to Republican Dean Cavaretta's 30 percent showing in Harvard.
Eighty percent of the Harvard vote favored "yes" on the auto repair bill, Question 1, which sailed to victory with approximately 85 percent of the statewide vote. Sixty one percent of Harvard voters also favored the 'right to die' Question 2. However Question 2 appeared to go down to defeat with 51 percent of Massachusetts voters voting 'no' on the question.
Sixty six percent of Harvard voters endorsed the medical marijuana bill, Question 3. That tracked closely with the statewide 63 percent support for Question 3.
Sixty seven percent of Harvard voters agreed that the Citizens United decision protecting 'individual' status for corporations should be overturned. Question 4 was a non-binding question.
On Tuesday there were 3,637 Harvard ballots counted from among Harvard's 4,072 registered voters. That's an 89 percent turn-out rate. By point of comparison, Harvard likewise experienced an 89 percent voter turn-out rate for the 2008 presidential race.
In 2008, Harvard overwhelmingly favored the Obama/Biden ticket (63 percent) over then-Republican running mates Arizona Sen. John McCain and Alaska Governor Sara Palin (33 percent).
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