With more than a third of the city’s registered voters hitting the polls Tuesday, residents overwhelmingly supported Democrat Martha Coakley for the U.S. Senate. That trend, however, did not carry over to the surrounding towns or voters statewide.

With more than a third of the city’s registered voters hitting the polls Tuesday, residents overwhelmingly supported Democrat Martha Coakley for the U.S. Senate. That trend, however, did not carry over to the surrounding towns or voters statewide.


With 18,194 — or 37.7 percent of voters — turning out, Coakley captured 10,341 votes in Tuesday’s special state election to fill the seat previously held by Edward Kennedy. Republican Scott Brown received 7,489 votes, while independent candidate Joseph L. Kennedy tallied 343 votes, according to unofficial results released Tuesday night.


Despite the result in Fall River, city Republican Chairman Jeffrey Hopkins said city voters were not as stuck to the Democratic party as they may appear. He pointed out that Brown’s vote total more than doubled the approximately 3,500 registered city Republicans.


“I’m kind of proud of that accomplishment,” Hopkins said.


Hopkins placed Brown’s success in the election on the national debate on health care, noting that Massachusetts had a chance to play a pivotal role in the outcome based on the winner of Tuesday’s election.


“That’s what people were telling us in the phone calls we made,” Hopkins said. “That was the reason, health care, jobs and the economy.”


Coakley did not fare as well in the towns around Fall River, with voters in Swansea, Somerset, Westport and Freetown coming out in favor of Brown.


With 61 percent of Freetown’s 5,653 voters turning out, 2,220 cast ballots for Brown compared to 1,189 for Coakley. Thirty four votes were collected by Kennedy.


Brown also netted 3,706 votes in Somerset compared to 3,553 for Coakley, with 57 percent of the town’s 12,825 registered voters submitting ballots. Kennedy received 73 votes.


Swansea voters also supported Brown with 3,706 votes in his favor compared to 2,449 for Coakley. Kennedy picked up 73 votes with 53 percent of town’s 11,031 casting ballots.


Brown supporters in Westport gave the candidate 3,203 votes compared to 2,899 votes for Coakley. Kennedy finished with 77 votes with 54 percent of voters making it to the polls.


E-mail Will Richmond at wrichmond@heraldnews.com.