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Fairfield Readers Sound Off On Democratic Sweep

Barack Obama and Chris Murphy both won key elections Tuesday--and won support from Fairfield's readers.
Barack Obama and Chris Murphy both won key elections Tuesday--and won support from Fairfield's readers. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield’s voters picked the winners Tuesday, giving majorities to Barack Obama, Chris Murphy and Jim Himes. That sentiment spread to the Fairfield Daily Voice’s Facebook page , where many readers expressed support for the Democratic candidates.

“Murphy is better than McMahon! Good riddance Linda!" reader Nancy Haberly said on our announcement that Murphy had beaten Republican Linda McMahon in the race for Connecticut’s open U.S. Senate seat. Fellow reader Dan Latham shared a similar sentiment, “Glad you can’t buy an election in CT.”

Haberly and Latham were among the eight readers who “liked” the status update. At Tuesday’s polls, 14,423 Fairfielders cast ballots for Murphy. But not everyone was happy to see the Democrat win.

“Chris Murphy is brain-dead,” reader David VanVlack wrote. More Fairfielders voted against Murphy than for him, between McMahon’s 14,012-vote tally and the 437 votes cast for Libertarian Paul Passerelli.

The results for Obama were slightly better. The president’s ticket won a full majority of Fairfield’s votes, with 15,282. His three opponents, Mitt Romney, Rocky Anderson and Gary Johnson, gathered a combined 14,451. On The Daily Voice Facebook page, the initial announcement of Obama’s likely victory garnered 10 “likes.” Tuesday’s announcement that Romney had won our unscientific reader poll garnered just two likes.

Overall, Fairfield’s turnout for Tuesday’s election was a high 79.34 percent, with 29,895 Fairfield residents casting ballots. There were some complaints from early-morning voters, but readers on our Facebook page said that they had no such trouble.

“No problems at senior center, other than no assistance when putting ballots in the machine. People were a little confused,” Anastasia Zinkerman wrote. The other eight readers who shared their comments agreed with Brad Kimmelman: “Easy in. Easy out!”

What do you think of the 2012 election results? Keep the conversation going in the comments below.

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