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Coakley lukewarm in black community

Yawu Miller | 1/27/2010, 4:14 a.m.

While Coakley won most cities, urban turnout was depressed. Boston’s was 43 percent. In Lawrence, it was just 28 percent.

Meanwhile, GOP activists were identifying and mobilizing voters in Brown’s largely suburban base. While statewide turnout was 53 percent, it was higher in wealthier communities that Brown won like Sherborn, where 77 percent of voters turned out or Topsfield, where 75 percent turned out.

The Republicans mobilized their manicured-lawn grassroots while the Democrats squandered their lead, according to Marshall.

“They thought it would be a coronation,” he said. “Instead, she got crowned. The losers aren’t just the people in Massachusetts, but people all over the country who need health care.”

Brown, whose platform included a promise to sink the Democrats health care reform bill, will serve the remainder of Kennedy’s term and face re-election in 2012.

GOP activists are talking of taking on Democratic incumbents in Congressional seats. Democrats are talking about what they can do to re-build.

“We need to deliver the message that we’re the people’s party. That we’re the party that cares about health care, that cares about benefits for working people, that believes everybody deserves a good job,” said City Councilor Felix Arroyo.

“And we’ve got to do a better job of making sure people who support us get out to the polls.”