The high turnout in Boston is encouraging Democratic operatives who believe that Martha Coakley is still in with a fighting chance of winning the special election to replace Ted Kennedy .
By noon over 15 per cent of the Boston electorate had voted, a number far higher than in the Democratic primary a few weeks back. Those numbers will surely benefit Coakley in the Democratic bastion.
However, Brown supporters were encouraged by the high poll numbers they say were happening in suburbs and rural communities which they believe will heavily favor Brown.
A low poll in Boston would certainly have cemented a defeat for Coakley but with the numbers high this still looks like a close race.
"I wouldn't call it just yet, said a veteran Democratic operative who spoke to "With the Boston vote Coakley is not out of this."