Republican Brown Wins Massachusetts Senate Seat

Republican Scott Brown has won the Massachusetts Senate seat held for nearly a half-century by Democrat Edward Kennedy.

Brown's victory in the special election gives Senate Republicans the 41st vote they need to block legislation favored by majority Democrats and President Barack Obama.

The loss by the once-favored Democrat Martha Coakley in the Democratic stronghold was a stunning embarrassment for the White House after Obama rushed to Boston on Sunday to try to save the foundering candidate. Her defeat signaled big political problems for the president's party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.

"I have no interest in sugarcoating what happened in Massachusetts," said Sen. Robert Menendez, the head of the Senate Democrats' campaign committee. "There is a lot of anxiety in the country right now. Americans are understandably impatient."

One day shy of the first anniversary of Obama's swearing-in, the election played out amid a backdrop of animosity and resentment from voters over persistently high unemployment, Wall Street bailouts, exploding federal budget deficits and partisan wrangling over health care.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ackowledged the new political dynamic after Brown's election.

"While Senator-elect Brown's victory changes the political math in the Senate, we remain committed to strengthening our economy, creating good paying jobs and ensuring all Americans can access affordable health care, " Reid said. "We hope that Scott Brown will join us in these efforts. There is much work to do to address the problems Democrats inherited last year, and we plan to move full speed ahead."

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BOSTON (AP) -- In a contest with major national implications, Massachusetts voters chose a successor to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on Tuesday in a down-to-the-wire election that became a referendum on President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul and his first year in office.

A loss - or even a narrow victory - by once-favored Democrat Martha Coakley to insurgent Republican Scott Brown in this Democratic stronghold could signal big political problems for the president's party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.

More immediately at stake was a critical 60th vote for Democrats to save their health care legislation and the rest of Obama's agenda. A 41st Republican in the 100-member Senate could allow the GOP to block the president's priorities with filibusters.

The election transformed reliably Democratic Massachusetts into a battleground state. One day shy of the first anniversary of Obama's swearing-in, it played out amid a backdrop of animosity and resentment from voters over persistently high unemployment, industry bailouts, exploding federal budget deficits and partisan wrangling over health care.

Days before the vote, White House advisers and other Democrats in Washington began making excuses for they called a poorly run campaign on Coakley's part. Obama flew to Boston for last-minute personal campaigning on Sunday.

Wall Street watched closely. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 116 points, and analysts attributed the increase to hopes the election would make it harder for Obama to make his changes to health care. That eased investor concerns that profits at companies such as insurers and drug makers would suffer.

Across Massachusetts, voters who had been bombarded with phone calls and dizzied with nonstop campaign commercials for Coakley and Brown gave a fitting turnout despite intermittent snow and rain statewide.

Boston reported twice the primary turnout among early voters, while in western Massachusetts, one in five registered voters in Longmeadow had shown up by 11 a.m.

Secretary of State William Galvin predicted turnout ranging from 1.6 million to 2.2 million, 40 percent to 55 percent of registered voters. The Dec. 8 primary had a scant turnout of about 20 percent.

As polls opened, Brown drove up to his polling place in Wrentham in the green pickup truck that came to symbolize his upstart, workmanlike campaign that in the past week pulled him into a surprise dead heat in polls.

"It would make everybody the 41st senator, and it would bring fairness and discussion back to the equation," the state senator said of a potential victory. He spent the rest of the day out of public view, crafting evening rally remarks that had the potential to be an early State of the Union speech for the national Republican Party.

Coakley, stunned to see a double-digit lead evaporate in recent weeks, counted on labor unions and reawakened Democrats to turn out on her behalf and preserve a seat Kennedy and his brother, President John F. Kennedy, held for over 50 years. The senator died in August of brain cancer.

"We're paying attention to the ground game," Coakley, the state's attorney general, said casting her vote in suburban Medford. "Every game has its own dynamics."


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 1, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    Actually NS, the term came from moveon.org and CNN. Fox presented that is was vile. Final decision; Obama submitted his budget around 3.8 trillion. I am telling you Geithner screwed up here, not Obama. Now, there is nothing either can do about it without repercussion to "us" the working people. TO OSOC, racism, do you know what color I am or are you profiling, brother? Get it? Obama is duplicating Carter down to a tee, even his poll popularity, spending, healthcare failure.....
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Jan 31, 2010 at 09:31 PM
    OSOC-I had to investigate your remark about me using improper terms. I have never known that vile definition before. If I had, I would not have used it. I'm in my 60's and have never heard it used in that way-I was repeating a term I heard on Fox, as a matter of fact.
  • by To OSOC on Jan 31, 2010 at 03:35 PM
    Why, he is the black Jimmy Carter...I got the Jimmy Carter pun ? Please explain the BLACK ? I can understand the essence of your comments. Nothing would please me any better with myself than not to post on WITN again.If that's not touching on racism? Only a "what" is one that loves to hear himself and seeks only words from those that agree with him.You can you counsel with FOX .
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Jan 31, 2010 at 11:04 AM
    OSOC. TARP was passed in Oct. 2008-while Bush was president to save this country from the mess he put it in-period! Bush took more vacation days than any president in history-maybe if he had stayed on his watch, all the "other" people you want to blame wouldn't have been able to get by with whatever you think "they" did. So, your solution and that of your party-Republicans-think we should not even try to recoup what they costs us? I don't know what "final decision" you mean because there hasn't even been one. You need to form a new party-make your symbol the proverbial Christmas turkey!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 31, 2010 at 04:47 AM
    Actually NS, a little fact for you; Fox presented that Obama was a US Citizen, not the hooey you posted. You should watch the most trusted news network voted on by Democrats. There is a reason the republicans didn't stand...the banks won't get the penalty, we will. Geitner screwed up, not the republicans or Bush as you suggest. Facts are Obama made the final decision. See if moveon.org has some more interresting information for you to post. See ya in the schoolyard...
  • by Terrorist? on Jan 31, 2010 at 03:51 AM
    Anonymous on Jan 28, 2010 at 02:20 PM..twice I posted the same comments. Both times only partial commets are there.MAKES YOU WONDER ? You copied for your comment a world story that basicaly followed verbatem mostly main media news. I have just read two articles that show the petitioners have pulled support from some Muslims that view statues as against thier religious belief.The Indonesian government is considering removing the statue because of a petition and possble law suit,but it's not the " Indo. government that petitioned the people.Many readers feel it is a government backed removal.Not so.There are many Muslims that are totaly against it because of it being an image.Some could care less.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 30, 2010 at 02:34 PM
    NS, when you use the terms baggers and birthers, I will be taunting you at the school yard. Just make sure you have some koolaid with you to keep the other teaparty members from beating you up. Using the term teabaggers is not appropriate for these posts. If you want to keep repeating you childish moveon.org terminology, just remember, some of us are informed of what you imply. Do not call us immature if you wish to use such terms. Now go back you your drug induced stupor and post your nonsense once again. I am sure Barlow and Derek enjoy it!
  • by Radog Location: Newport on Jan 29, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    We need to move forward and we are going to pay for it .Obamas plans will cost us ,but in the same light the speed train it will create ton's of new jobs for Americana my biggest beef with Obama is the housing crissis, jobs ,and our youth . the Terrorist need to be taken care of just like any war we fought in before vietnam or it will bite us in the but like the gulf war we did not win .The terrorist will never stop trying dont fool your self Obama just pulling troops out with out a win or victory we lost. Ignoring a bully wont stop them we need to protect the U.S. also we as American need to go back to basics because the taxes will be coming in some form or another ,yes hidden taxes there out there. the american people are struggling to make it, but doing nothing wont help us prosper and we might as a whole be worse off doing nothing, Stoping the prok is a great start . we all came together for Haiti. know lets doit for America MR. Obama
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Jan 28, 2010 at 07:27 PM
    Anonymous, You wouldn't have seen the Not Muslim info. on Fox. BTW-The banks were bailed out Before Obama! Did you see the speech? When he mentioned putting brakes on these banks-who clapped? NOT the Rep. Wait and see who fights him on this. OSOC-I hate to tell you, but accusing people of being on drugs or koolaide is not political debate, it is school yard taunts. It is childish and, frankly, boring! I enjoy debating Jeff and Radog, but the rest of you immature name callers need to grow up.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 28, 2010 at 05:48 PM
    Terrorist, like Sadaam Hussein? NS, what are you smoking, come on man, its not legal in NC yet. Anonymous, not he has done nothing but lip service to the left and progressives. Why, he is the black Jimmy Carter....Karen, there is a sale on koolaide today, pick up the liberal papers, coupon included. Look, he has spend more of you money than all the presidents since George Washingon. Get you check book and think about it. Spending that much money with not that much income coming in.....you gettin this?
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