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Downtown voters support Obama, Warren

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  November 7, 2012 01:43 PM

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(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)

Voters stood in line in the cold outside the Metropolitan building in Chinatown at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Voters in downtown Boston overwhelmingly chose to re-elect Barack Obama Tuesday, and to send Democrat Elizabeth Warren to the US Senate.

Obama received 3,316 votes in Chinatown, the Leather District, the downtown waterfront, the Financial District, and Downtown Crossing, compared to 1,388 for Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, according to preliminary results compiled by the Globe.

Warren received 2,960 votes in downtown Boston, while Republican incumbent US Senator Scott Brown received 1,758.

At the Metropolitan building in Chinatown on Tuesday, a line snaked around the courtyard at 10 a.m., but a volunteer election observer said earlier the wait had been even longer. Some voters stood in the cold for up to an hour, said the volunteer from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Downtown Boston resident Shawn Lindaberry, 39, came to the polls to support Obama and Warren.

“He needed some extra time,” Lindaberry said of Obama. “Though I haven’t exactly been super impressed with how he handled his first four years. But it takes more than four years to turn a country around.”

Lindaberry, who works as a political fundraiser at Democratic-leaning Integral Resources in Porter Square, said he had reservations about Obama’s use of unmanned drones to make military strikes but felt Romney would pursue the same policy.

Lindaberry said he came from a Republican family in New Jersey and doesn’t dislike Brown, but he beloved Warren “would do a better job.”

North End resident Paul Santoro, 42, said he came out to vote for Mitt Romney because he “wanted a change.” Santoro also voted for Brown.

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