Obama re-elected; Warren wins Senate seat; Olberding new register of deeds; Easthampton override defeated; Westhampton rejects CPA; Northampton, Hampshire Council of Governments approve charter changes; Albano easily elected governor's councilor; latest returns
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Here are the results of contests and ballot questions in Tuesday's election.
• President Barack Obama was re-elected, defeating Republican Mitt Romney.
• Democrat Elizabeth Warren defeated incumbent U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country. Warren led Brown by 52 percent to 48 percent with about one-third of the vote counted.
• Mary Olberding declared victory over George Zimmerman in the race for Hampshire County registry of deeds about 10 p.m. Olberding, 45, of Belchertown widened her lead to about 2,000 votes in the first two hours after the polls closed.
• Former Springfield Mayor Michael Albano, a Democrat, was easily elected the new governor's councilor in the 8th District, defeating Republican Michael Franco of Holyoke by about a 2-1 margin.
• In Easthampton, the $1.4 million Proposition 2 1/2 override for the schools was defeated 4,801 to 3,860.
• in Westhampton, a proposed Community Preservation Act was defeated 540 to 464.
• Massachusetts voters approved a new law legalizing medical marijuana. The law eliminates state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by people with cancer, hepatitis C, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions.
Barack Obama - 274
Mitt Romney - 201
U.S. SENATE (77 percent reporting)
Scott Brown - 1,130,841
Elizabeth Warren - 1,263,700
REGISTER of DEEDS (12 of 20 communities)
Mary Olberding - 25,070
George Zimmerman - 18,903
8TH District (32 percent reporting)
Michael Albano - 72,137
Michael Franco - 35,337
1) Right to Repair (75 percent reporting)
Yes - 1,738,866
No - 297,955
2) Assisted Suicide (74 percent reporting)
Yes - 1,082,631
No - 1,120,020
3) Medical Marijuana (74 percent reporting)
No - 821,409
Easthampton Proposition 2 1/2 override (complete)
Yes - 3,878
No - 4,816
Westhampton Community Preservation Act (complete)
Yes - 464
No - 540
Northampton charter changes (complete)
Yes - 11,842
No - 2,465
Hampshire Council of Governments charter changes (10 of 15 communities)
Yes - 26,565
No - 6,406