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New Canaan's O'Dea and Robbins vote and campaign on election day

Updated 12:04 pm, Tuesday, November 6, 2012

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  • Mark Robbins with supporters Tammy Allen, Nancy and Mark Joyce, and Allen's children Myles, 8 and Bennett, 5. Photo: Tyler Woods
    Mark Robbins with supporters Tammy Allen, Nancy and Mark Joyce, and Allen's children Myles, 8 and Bennett, 5. Photo: Tyler Woods

 

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On a cold but sunny election day morning, both candidates for the 125th seat of the Connecticut General Assembly were out shaking hands and greeting voters Tuesday.

Republican candidate for the 125th, Tom O'Dea said it was even colder at 4:30 a.m., when he left his house to start setting up for the day. He was happy about what appeared to be a high turnout.

"We haven't seen this big of a turnout from 6-8 a.m. in a long time," O'Dea said, standing at his campaign's table outside of Saxe Middle School this morning.

"We ran a good, positive campaign. We'll see the results tonight," he said.

O'Dea was surrounded by friends and his son Tommy at his table. At about 8 a.m. his wife joined them, and the family went to vote. O'Dea wore a tie picturing small constitutions all of which said, "We the People" at the top. He seemed to be energized.

"Yes, I'm very excited," he said.

O'Dea's excitement was shared by his opponent, Democratic candidate for the 125th State Rep seat, Mark Robbins, who talked to voters and shook hands this morning outside of New Canaan High School.

"I'm feeling really good, very excited about this since we're at a time when we've got problems and the solutions are really achievable," he said.

Robbins said that he was very excited for today and had been up since 5:45 a.m. if he could even be said to have been sleeping before that.

Voter turnout appeared to have been humming along well between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. according to Democratic Registrar of Voters George Cody, who was set up at Saxe Middle School.

"We had 244 the first hour, I believe," he said. "It's very difficult to predict turnout when there are so many people without power or out of town still, but everything's gone smoothly. (Emergency Operations Center Director Mike) Handler's been good at getting the word out. Everyone's done a yeoman's job and we're up and running."

By 11 a.m. voter turnout was at 32 percent of the electorate in New Canaan, a very high number, especially considering the number of residents that had voted all during the last week via absentee ballots. Town Clerk Claudia Weber said that in light of the storm, absentee ballots were ten times higher this year than in previous years. Those ballots were not counted as part of the 47 percent turnout, which was only of people voting in the flesh.

twoods@bcnnew.com; 203-972-4413; @Woods_NCNews