In the run up to Tuesday’s election there was a lot of speculation suggesting that, while Martha Coakley lagged in the polls, the highly touted Democratic ground game that propelled Deval Patrick to office and made sure Elizabeth Warren defeated Scott Brown, would also deliver the election for Coakley.
Sure enough, the closer-than-most-polls predicted results Tuesday suggested that the Dems came thisclose to winning, in part due to that ground game.
In the end, Baker won by about 40,000 votes.
Coakley said yesterday the she “would not change a single thing” about her campaign. Still, Democrats strategists across the state have to be wondering if there was more they wish they had done to come up with an extra 20,000 or so votes.
That should include party insiders here in Newton.
As Michael Jonas wrote on CommonWealth’s website yesterday 37 percent of Newton voters voted for Baker, not enough to carry “the liberal Boston suburb, but Martha Coakley’s 21-point margin there was 13 points behind her own margin in Newton in 2010 when she lost the special election for US Senate to Scott Brown, and 17 points behind the margin Deval Patrick posted there when he beat Baker later the same year in the governor’s race.”
And the Globe reminded us today…
Baker lost Newton by 21 points. But that marked a substantial improvement over his last showing in the liberal suburb. In 2010, he lost it by 37 points.
Meanwhile, as many election day watchers noted here on Tuesday, the usual throng of loyal sign holders outside of Newton’s polling places and Democratic poll monitors inside, were rare Tuesday (although Dem activists were out in full force for the September primary).
Also, I’m not sure about others, but this is the first election I can recall in years, where there was no reminder to vote left by some eager canvasser at my front door prior to the election. My household never received the usual hand written post cards or calls from an alderman or other local elected officials telling me why my vote for Coakley mattered. I never saw a stand-ups on the street corners holding signs for Coakley (although there may have been some). And I noticed very few Coakley lawn signs anywhere in Newton.
In the past those things seemed to be the purview of Newton’s Democratic City Committee, and folks worked their buns off.
I must note the one exception to this would be state Rep. Ruth Balser, who incessantly was Tweeting and posting on Facebook and about how important electing Coakley was. Same thing with Congressman Kennedy. I’m sure I missed efforts by others. But I don’t think I’m wrong with my overall perception that the usual city party activists failed to pull out all the usual stops for this one.
Anybody out there see it differently?