I’ve been meaning to post this for a while … partly just because I love maps, but I think this is genuinely useful for folks going out to canvass and work the campaign soil, as it were. It’s the Globe’s town-by-town breakdown of the 2010 Special Election where Brown defeated Coakley.
We just got a couple of posts from Leominster about Democratic activity — Warren’s visiting, and they’re opening up an office. Brown took Leominster by 8,127 to 4,707. And if you look at Central MA on that map, it’s a sea of red — not just defeats for the Democrats, but absolute stompings.
A big part of the race is simply keeping it close — or just closer — in those towns. I always think that even if we’re absolutely destroying the other team, there’ll still be at least 40% that won’t vote for us no matter what. And this is also true: Even if you’re getting blown out (which may well happen in central MA), if you can make it slightly closer, you’re doing well. In Leominster, a 60-40% defeat would actually be an improvement.
So big encouragement to Leominster Dems. It may seem unappreciated, but this may be where the race is won.