Joe Kennedy III received more votes in Brookline than President Barack Obama.
In an election in which 69.6 of registered voters in Brookline cast a ballot Tuesday, Kennedy, D-Brookline, received 21,949 votes in the town on his way to being elected as the next U.S. Representative for the Fourth Congressional District. Obama received 21,761 votes in Brookline in his successful bid for re-election, according to preliminary results.
Mitt Romney received 5,717 votes in Brookline in his losing presidential bid, and Kennedy’s opponent, Republican Sean Bielat, received 4,851 votes in Brookline.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren won 20,566 votes in Brookline to Republican Scott Brown’s 7,343 in the town.
Brookline Selectman Nancy Daly campaigned for Kennedy’s and attended his victory party in Newton Tuesday night. She was pleased to see the results of the race.
“We worked really hard,” Daly said.
At the polls in Brookline Tuesday, some voters said they didn’t know too much about Kennedy, but liked what little they had heard.
After voting in Chestnut Hill Tuesday, David Samuels, who is 50 years old, said whether Kennedy has earned it or not, his name provides some potential that he can help the district.
“I think that there is potential to help bring a little additional clout based on that name to the area at the end of the day,” Samuels said. “Political perspectives are important, but so is the ability to help the district.”
Outside the Coolidge Corner Branch Library where the first lull in voting came mid-afternoon, Jeannine Ayotte, 63, of Brookline, said she voted for Kennedy even though he’s untested and a bit of an unknown.
“I’ll give him a chance,” Ayotte said.