Massachusetts set a new voter turnout record for midterm elections this week, Secretary of State Bill Galvin confirmed on Friday.

He said it’s currently approaching 2.7 million voters, well above his prediction of 2.4 million. That would represent a nearly 60 percent turnout statewide. That's well above the 50.8 percent turnout from four years ago, when the gubernatorial seat was open.

It appears that in most cases, MetroWest communities were even more civic-minded. In Natick, 17,100 of 23,284 registered voters - 73.4 percent - cast ballots on Tuesday. Sudbury (9,480 of 12,967 registered voters, or 73.1 percent) was nearly as strong.

Most other communities were somewhere in the neighborhood of two-thirds (for the mathematically challenged, that’s 66.7 percent) turnout.

Even Framingham, which had two unopposed state reps and a third who was facing only a write-in challenge, had a solid 58.3 percent turnout (24,175 of 41,500 registered voters).

Local election officials must certify their results by Nov. 21. The governor and Governor’s Council will then certify all results on Nov. 28.

Ross recalls key vote

Before returns rolled in Tuesday on election night, state Sen. Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, sat on a barstool at Morin's Hometown Bar & Grill in Attleboro, surrounded by staff and supporters. He touched on a number of topics, including a vote he called the highlight of his legislative career.

As a state representative in 2007, Ross voted to stop a ballot question that would have asked voters to ban same-sex marriage. Three years earlier, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage after a vote by the state Supreme Judicial Court, and there were forces that wanted to dump that legal decision into the proverbial garbage bin.

Sometime after that 2007 vote, two of Ross' three children came to him and told him they were gay.

“It liberated two of my kids, who I didn’t know were gay,” Ross said of his 2007 vote. “They had the courage to come out and tell me.”

As for Democrats recapturing a majority in Congress, a result many political pundits called a "referendum on President Trump,” Ross was confident that Trump had nothing to do with his race against Democrat Becca Rausch of Needham.

“I don’t believe Trump affects me,” he said. “I am who I am. If I lose (to Rausch), it’s a referendum on me.”

Ross did lose to Rausch, ending his eight-year run in the state Senate. The final tally was 37,323-35,641, and it wasn’t determined until early Wednesday morning.

Reached by phone later Wednesday, Rausch agreed the Trump factor had nothing to do with her race against Ross.

“Ross and I don’t agree on every issue, that’s for sure,” Rausch said. “The outcome was about this race, and the campaign we ran, and (Ross’) decisions along the way.”

“I firmly believe voters were hungry for change, engagement and leadership,” Rausch added.

Polito coy about future ambition 

Whenever he’s been asked about potential national ambitions, Gov. Charlie Baker has made clear that Massachusetts governor is the only job he’s ever wanted.

But what about his lieutenant governor, Shrewsbury’s Karyn Polito?

Appearing as a guest on Boston Herald Radio on Tuesday, Polito was asked if she would like to seek higher office someday. She responded that her focus is solely on winning a second term as lieutenant governor with Baker.

But she also did not shoot down the possibility.

"Well I have had such a great experience here in this commonwealth. It has been an honor serving as a selectwoman, as a member of the House of Representatives and such a great honor to work alongside of Charlie Baker as lieutenant governor," Polito said in response to co-host Hillary Chabot's question. "And I could think of nothing more that I would like than tonight to have a vote of support for us to continue to work for the people of this commonwealth everywhere for four more years."

In addition to her positions in town government and the House, Polito has also run for statewide office in 2010 when she made an unsuccessful bid for treasurer, losing to Steve Grossman.

Baker ready to “Let it rock!”

Gov. Charlie Baker commiserated with Jay Gonzalez briefly during his victory speech last week, saying he knows what it feels like to lose a hard-fought election (Baker lost to Democrat Deval Patrick in 2010).

“It stings,” Baker said before commending Gonzalez on running a gracious campaign based on the issues, not personalities.

“No cheap shots,” Baker noted of his opponent’s style.

In a message posted to Facebook on Friday, Gonzalez agreed - except for the “cheap” part.

“We ran a principled campaign,” he wrote after calling out Baker for spending $16 million on his re-election campaign. “The wealthy special interests and corporate establishment were all on his side.”

In wrapping up his speech on Tuesday, Baker told supporters that the campaign reminded him that “preserving and appreciating democracy is a very serious business.”

So, what should Massachusetts residents expect from a solemn Baker during his second term?

“Non-stop pedal to the metal. Let it rock!” Baker shouted with hands in the air before signing off. “God Bless the people of the commonwealth! God bless you all. Let’s go!”

Make democracy fun again?

Baker, family headed to Vegas

When the governor said he was going to "let it rock" in a second term, he wasn't kidding. According to his office, Baker was going to Las Vegas this weekend with his family where the Bakers will attend a Blink-182 concert.

Baker left Friday morning and plans to return on Monday, the day before his 62nd birthday, according to aide.

Baker won re-election on Tuesday to a second four-year term, and had said that he would be taking a post-election vacation with his family after the campaign was over. The governor's affinity for Blink-182 has been well-documented since he was first introduced to the Alexa voice-activated personal assistant at Amazon's Kendall Square office in 2015.

"Alexa, play Blink-182," the governor instructed the device, which was under development. He has since said that the band was one his whole family could agree on.

Contributors to the Political Notebook this week include Deputy Director of Multimedia Dan O’Brien, multimedia journalist Henry Schwan, Trevor Ballantyne from the Boston University Statehouse Program and the State House News Service.