UPDATED 10:58 p.m.: Milford voters turned out Tuesday in large numbers, with a 73 percent voter turnout for the presidential and state election, according to unofficial results released late Tuesday.
Of 12,928 local votes cast for president, Milford voters directed 7,141 to President Barack Obama, who was projected to win re-election late Tuesday, and 5,514 to GOP challenger Mitt Romney.
Town voters also chose Scott Brown for U.S. Senate over Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, with 6,828 votes cast for Brown, a Republican who had served in the seat since 2010, and 6,000 cast for Warren. Statewide, Warren won the race.
A majority of Milford voters also went for Joseph Kennedy III, who was elected to the Fourth Congressional District, to replace the retiring Barney Frank. Kennedy captured 7,808 votes in Milford, to the 4,455 for Republican challenger Sean Bielat.
Milford Updates From The Polls
4:45 p.m.: The line of cars waiting to find a parking spot at the Portuguese Club was backing up on to Water Street. Once you're parked, the flow into the building and voting booths is fast, though.
3:45 p.m.: John Caezza was having some fun outside the polling site at Milford Senior Center, with his life-size poster board of President Obama. (who he voted for) People were stopping for photos with the cardboard president, and yelling encouragement. Some weren't as nice, Caezza said, but he shook off the critics. He bought the Obama figure for $50 online, and puts it in his truck for a joke. "People at Shaw's, everywhere I go, people say 'Can I have my picture taken with him?' "
3:10 p.m.: Milford Police are working a little fender-bender near the Milford Senior Center polling site. Not sure if these were voters. Be careful around the polls, lots of traffic.
2:50 p.m.: Not that this is advised, but if you're late getting to the polls tonight, and find yourself in a line as 8 p.m approaches, the deadline works as follows: a Milford police officer will mark off the last voter in line by 8 p.m. Everyone in front of the officer will vote, according to the Town Clerk's office.
2:45 p.m.: Milford's eight precincts reported 6,621 people had voted by 2 p.m., that's about 38 percent of the registered voters, according to Amy Hennessy Neves, the Milford Town Clerk. By 9 a.m., the vote count had surpassed the total votes cast in the presidential primary.
2:00 p.m.: The four precincts at the Portuguese Club have had 3,770 voters cast ballots, led by Precinct 5 with 1,085 by about 1:55 p.m. The next rush of voters is expected between 4 and 7 p.m., according to precinct wardens.
9:45 a.m.: The Warren/Obama and Brown/Romney sign-holders are separated by about 50 feet at the Italian American Veterans Post.
9:40 a.m.: Heavy turnout at the two precincts voting at the Italian American Veterans Post. By 9:32 a.m., 325 people had cast ballots in Precinct 3 and 354 voted in Precinct 2. Turnout at mid-morning is now steady, with little waiting time, and all indoors.
8:43 a.m.: More than 100 people have voted this morning already at Milford Senior Center, according to election workers. Turnout has been steady all morning with a line waiting on the opening.
7:43am: A line of about 20 people is waiting at the Portuguese Club, to vote in precinct 5. The three other precincts voting at this location are moving more quickly. Parking lot is jammed.
Scott Brown (R), Elizabeth Warren (D): U.S. Senate
Updated: Elizabeth Warren has been elected to the U.S. Senate, according to the AP, which called the race.
Scott Brown has represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate since a January 2010 special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the late Ted Kennedy. Brown defeated state Attorney General Martha Coakley with 1,168,107 votes, or 51.9 percent, to her 1,058,682 votes, or 47.1 percent. Warren is a Harvard University law professor who is conducting her first race for public office.
Joseph Kennedy III (D) Sean Bielat (R): MA 4th Congressional District
UPDATED: Kennedy has been elected.
Joseph Kennedy is a former state prosecutor for Middlesex County who is conducting his first race for public office. Sean Bielat, a former Marine and businessman who lives in Norfolk, ran against then-incumbent U.S. Rep. Barney Frank in 2010.
LIVE 2012 Milford ELECTION RESULTSRace Democratic Candidates Results Republican Candidates Results 3rd Party Candidate Results U.S. President
Obama-Biden7,129 Romney-Ryan 5,504
5,986 Scott Brown
Joseph Kennedy III7,793 Sean Bielat
Richard T. Moore 9,798
John V. Fernandes10,078
Answer Results Answer Results
Question 1: 'Right to Repair' Yes 9,365 No 1,618
Question 2: Prescription of Life-Ending Medication Yes 5,479 No 6,967
Question 3: Medical Marijuana Yes 7,514 No 4,829