UPDATED ---9:20 p.m.
The numbers are rolling in and the results are becoming clear. Jim Miceli has easily defeated Mario Marchese to retain his 19th Middlesex seat in the Legislature. Miceli carried Wilmington and Tewksbury.
Paul Adams knocked off Pat Commane to win Barry Finegold's seat in the 17th Essex District. Adams won Tewksbury easily.
Jamison Tomasek has carried Dracut and Tewksbury and Andover but Barry Finegold won Lawrence handily and has won the 2nd Middlesex/Essex District State Senate race.
Niki Tsongas carried Tewksbury by under 200 votes but she has run strongly across the district and is claiming victory. Jon Golnick has yet to concede.
Full stories on all these races to come shortly.
Final Tewksbury numbers to be published shortly.
7:37 p.m. More on where the candidates will be ...
State Rep. candidate Paul Adams (GOP) will gather with supporters at his home in Andover. His opponent, Democrat Patricia Commane, will be at Casa Blanca in downtown Andover.
We're hearing that turnout in Andover is expected to be around 62 percent. Wilmington looks to be around 50 percent. We care because those towns feed into races for positions that serve Tewksbury.
We have 23 minutes until the polls close.
7:15 p.m. There are still people waiting in line to vote at the library and the Senior Center. Latest numbers from the library:
There is a decent chance that the turnout can pass the 61 percent from four years ago.
Filed under "Where are the candidates?" -- State Rep. Barry Finegold is in his home town of Andover, making a final push for votes at Andover High.
State Rep. Jim Miceli is making late rounds of the polling places but he will wind up at Rocco's in Wilmington for his post-election party. His opponent, Mario Marchese, will be staying closer to home ... in fact, at his home.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, being interviewed on WCAP, minimized the incident at the Tenney School in Methuen. Tsongas said she had only been asked to move a couple of feet, which she did.
6 p.m. The biggest problem right now at the polls is traffic. Between people coming home from work and the heavy voter turnout (and the fact that both polling locations are on Chandler Street) traffic is snarled throughout that section of town.
If you are heading out onto the roads and you are NOT heading to the polls to vote, you will want to avoid East Street and Chandler Street.
5 p.m. Quick correction of an earlier post.
There was a GOP candidate that was removed for being too close to a polling place this morning but that candidate was not Jon Golnik.
Meanwhile, voter turnout remains high in Tewksbury, as it is throughout the Merrimack Valley. Poll workers at the Senior Center said they have not seen voter participation this strong in a non-presidential election in many years.
Latest numbers from the Senior Center, as of 5 p.m.
Precinct 3 1205
Precinct 3A 1068
Precinct 1 1073
Precinct 1A 826
Wondering what the Tewksbury record is for voter turnout is for a non-presidential year? So are we.
The Town Clerk's Office did not have that info. However, that was about the only thing they didn't have.
For the sake of comparison. In 2004, 78 percent of the town's registered voters participated in the November presidential election. In 2008, that number rose slightly to 79 percent. Whereas, in 2006, the last "off-year" election, 61 percent of registered voters participated.
For the record, there are presently 20, 476 residents registered to vote in Tewksbury. That is an all-time high.
2 P.M. -- The library continues to have a steady stream of voters. Precincts 2, 2A, 4 and 4A have each been avraging roughly 100 voters an hour according to some poll workers.
As of 1:30 p.m. 733 votes had been cast at 4A, 608 at 4, 589 at 2 and 667 at 2A.
While things have been going fairly smoothley in Tewksbury, the same cannot be said around the Merrimack Valley. Multiple reports say that both Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and her Republican challenger Jon Golnik have been kicked off the grounds of polling plaes for politicking too close to the polls. The Tsongas incident took place in Methuen.
8 AM ---Welcome to Election Day 2010!
Voter turnout at the Primary Election was 18 percent for Tewksbury. Turnout for the General Election is expected to be higher, with two state representative seats, a state Senate seat and a congressional seat up for grabs, as well as several contentious ballot questions.
Tewksbury Patch will have your complete election. Check back throughout the day for updates. Not only will we have staff on the ground in Tewksbury but we also have reporters in Wilmington and Andover to provide you with news and information on the Legislative races.
And we invite you, our readers, to join be part of our reporting team today! Send along your news tidbits, photos and video clips from the election. You can post and add directly to this article throughout the day!
It's Election Day 2010. Sit back and buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy ride.