Republican Brown wins Ted Kennedy's Senate seat

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 9:22 PM
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BOSTON — In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a U.S. Senate election today that left President Obama's health care overhaul in doubt and marred the end of his first year in office.

State Sen. Scott Brown defeated Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and Joseph L. Kennedy, a Libertarian running as an independent in today's special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.  CHARLES KRUPA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHARLES KRUPA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
State Sen. Scott Brown defeated Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and Joseph L. Kennedy, a Libertarian running as an independent in today's special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

The loss by the once-favored Coakley for the seat that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy held for nearly half a century signaled big political problems for the president's party this fall, when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.

More immediately, Brown will become the 41st Republican in the 100-member Senate, which could allow the GOP to block the president's health care legislation and the rest of Obama's agenda. Democrats needed Coakley to win to have a 60th vote to thwart Republican filibusters.

Democratic fingerpointing began more than a week ago as polls started showing a tight race, with the White House accusing Coakley of a poor campaign and the Coakley camp laying t some of the blame on the administration. Obama flew to Boston for last-ditch personal campaigning on Sunday.

With 87 percent of precincts counted, Brown led Coakley, 52 percent to 47 percent.

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.

For weeks considered a long shot, Brown seized on such discontent to overtake Coakley in the final stretch of the campaign. Surveys showed his candidacy energized Republicans, including backers of the grass-roots "tea party" movement, while attracting disappointed Democrats and independents uneasy with where they felt the nation was heading.

Turnout was relatively heavy for a special election despite a mix of snow and rain showers across the state virtually all day.

Though he wasn't on the ballot, the president was on many voters' minds.

"I voted for Obama because I wanted change. ... I thought he'd bring it to us, but I just don't like the direction that he's heading," said John Triolo, 38, a registered independent who voted in Fitchburg.

He said his frustrations, including what he considered the too-quick pace of health care legislation, led him to vote for Brown.

But Robert Hickman, 55, of New Bedford, said he backed Coakley "to stay on the same page with the president."

Even before the first results were announced, administration officials were privately accusing Coakley of a poorly run campaign and playing down the notion that Obama or a toxic political landscape had much to do with the outcome.

Coakley's supporters, in turn, blamed that very environment, saying her lead dropped significantly after the Senate passed health care reform shortly before Christmas and after the Christmas Day attempted airliner bombing that Obama himself said showed a failure of his administration.

While votes were still being cast, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president "was both surprised and frustrated ... not pleased" at how competitive the race had become in the final weeks.

Wall Street watched the election 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.

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Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/20/10 - 01:46 am
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asitis.. I think you have

asitis.. I think you have misread Obama. He is as radical. maybe moreso than Pelosi and reid.

copdad
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copdad 01/20/10 - 04:20 am
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God bless America!

God bless America!

MyChronicleUserAccount
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MyChronicleUserAccount 01/20/10 - 05:06 am
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Yes we can, yes we can!~

Yes we can, yes we can!~

RushLimbuttbubba
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RushLimbuttbubba 01/20/10 - 06:08 am
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We will be ready!!!!!!!!

We will be ready!!!!!!!! Do'nt celebrate too hard!

RushLimbuttbubba
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RushLimbuttbubba 01/20/10 - 06:12 am
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Congrats! by the way.

Congrats! by the way.

MarshCroaked
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MarshCroaked 01/20/10 - 06:15 am
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This is almost as shocking as

This is almost as shocking as it would be for Obama to win Georgia in '12 (assuming the Dems are crazy enough to let him run again).

MarshCroaked
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MarshCroaked 01/20/10 - 06:17 am
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Notice that SecState Hillary

Notice that SecState Hillary has been very quiet through all of this (and her entire term for that matter). She knows this Obama thing was merely a publicity stunt and is just biding her time. It appears the true democratic leaders have grown bored with their puppet play toy. Good luck, Barry!!!

terry67
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terry67 01/20/10 - 06:34 am
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I hope the entire country

I hope the entire country will take a Demo-crap and flush it quickly! Unfortunatly there will be a couple of "floaters" that will hang around and stink the joint up! LOL

H4LJ
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H4LJ 01/20/10 - 06:40 am
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Memo to Barry: If you want

Memo to Barry: If you want your fellow Dim to win an election don't go campaign for him or her. Yur mighty cold right now! Hahahaha...

Notreally
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Notreally 01/20/10 - 06:45 am
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Congrats to Mr. Brown wow a

Congrats to Mr. Brown wow a seat held since 1972 by the Kennedy's, you can't win them all.

MarshCroaked
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MarshCroaked 01/20/10 - 07:29 am
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Notreally, we can now thanks

Notreally, we can now thanks to Pres Obama.....

Jane18
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Jane18 01/20/10 - 07:39 am
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Before anyone can bring up

Before anyone can bring up any of Mr. Brown's indiscretions(which are few), I think everyone needs to remember 'ole Teddy's. I started to name a couple, but most of you know what a shameful man he was. All the good(he might have done), can never erase the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, at least not for me.

Kapa18
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Kapa18 01/20/10 - 07:42 am
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Asitisinaug, I agree with

Asitisinaug, I agree with some of your comments, it should be a wake up call for all politicans. It is not a rubber stamp for republicans. Truth be told, President Obama has only been in office for 12 months, the problems we have started way before that. And pay attention people, Mass. is 52% independent, not repub. or democrat. I agree with health care reform, but not dirty deals to get it. The senator from Nebraska who wanted the govt. to pay for medicare for his state for his vote should be arrested and charged with blackmail, because that is exactly what it is. People, People, people, if you really believe either party can fix our problems without making some hard decisions, decisions which will affect the way we live right now, you are delusional. You will have to pay more taxes, and the tax rate will have to be adjusted to income, we can no longer continue to give billions of $ to foreign countries, immigration must be fixed and everybody must pay taxes or leave. And Gays, abortionists (pro and con) must learn to come to a agreement and let go. If not you we are in for a very long and bumpy wide. Gone are the days of making $50 bucks a hours with out a education.

jasonthigpinn
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jasonthigpinn 01/20/10 - 07:47 am
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Vote ALL incumbents out in 10

Vote ALL incumbents out in 10 and 12 and I mean ALL, dems and repugs!!!! From national politicians to thelowly city councils. IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE!!! VOTERS RULE LET THEM KNOW IT!!!

Kapa18
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Kapa18 01/20/10 - 07:48 am
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MarshCroaked, when you finish

MarshCroaked, when you finish flipping burgers at McDonalds you can do my lawn and wash my Mercedes. Oh, and pick up that bag of old clothes I left out on the porch for you and your kids, and there will be no coffee, unless you drink the grinds out the trash. Because that is what you are TRASH!!

MarshCroaked
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MarshCroaked 01/20/10 - 07:49 am
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I'll bet Senator Brown

I'll bet Senator Brown doesn't vote "present" on proposed health care legislation. bwahahahahah

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 01/20/10 - 07:50 am
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Thank you people of Mass for

Thank you people of Mass for 'change we can believe in'.

MarshCroaked
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MarshCroaked 01/20/10 - 07:54 am
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Kapa, get it all out of your

Kapa, get it all out of your system. There will be many more mornings like this for you during the remaining time of this obamination experiment. Re: your @7:48AM, If that was truly my lot in life, I would have most likely voted for Obama and still be among his disciples. I can assure you that I did not and am not. Have a nice day!

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jasonthigpinn 01/20/10 - 08:21 am
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Wonder if kapa, has gold

Wonder if kapa, has gold "grills" and his cedes has 26" dubs!

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change display name 01/20/10 - 08:42 am
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kapa is quite cranky this

kapa is quite cranky this morning. Wonder why? As usual--if you are a democrat, throw stones while yelling about the republicans tossing pebbles.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 01/20/10 - 08:55 am
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prezbho, please go to all the

prezbho, please go to all the states to support the dim candidates. The best help the republicans/conservatives could have. prezbho is more of a negative, in one yr, than any previous prez.

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 09:03 am
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Wonder who Kapa used to be ?

Wonder who Kapa used to be ? another changed display name !

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 09:05 am
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Health care reform. Don't

Health care reform. Don't treat illegals for anything other than life threatening causes. Don't give them welfare, soc sec or food stamps, free housing. Watch the exodus south. That would also open up some jobs for others on the dole and reduce unemployment....

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 01/20/10 - 09:12 am
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I think there is too much

I think there is too much celebration over this one election. Somenone had to win that seat and Kennedy is dead. I have relatives in Massachussetts and frankly, I'm amazed that even life-challenged (as are many Democratic voters there and places like Detroit and Chicago) he didn't get enough write-in votes to force a runoff. I do not see this one vote making a huge difference; the chance of there being a filibuster in the Senate are minimal and there are enough quislings and RINOs in the GOP -- like Snowe of Maine-- to defeat one. Because he is the most junior and a Republican, he will have no power in the committees, or at all: The GOP has been quite cut from the meetings and debate by Obama's ruling party.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 01/20/10 - 09:13 am
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Do you remember how all the

Do you remember how all the prezbho fawning followers called all southerners that disagreed with prezbho and his crooked klan, racist, haters and any name they could come up with? Looks like there are a lot of northerners that disagree with the arrogant, clueless, and incompetent prezbho. Looks like all that supposed - unifying isn't working. If you're not concerned - You're not paying attention...

H4LJ
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H4LJ 01/20/10 - 09:17 am
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dstewartsr, I hope the dims

dstewartsr, I hope the dims in washington keep thinking like you do!

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 09:31 am
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dstwartsr this is what

dstwartsr this is what happens when illegal groups such as acorn and dead voters aren't allowed to participate in the election system. Wonder if Al Franken could have been elected without the votes of the disney characters, illegals, and the fantastic four team. somehow acorn workers managed to get them the vote. Wake up WARTSTER this is the Real America speaking to you.....

obx2019
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obx2019 01/20/10 - 09:37 am
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Look Kapa either has two cars

Look Kapa either has two cars or is confused....Sorry soonerorlater, I just bought a Lexus, not in the market for a care right now.Posted by Kapa18 on Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:24 AM
MarshCroaked, when you finish flipping burgers at McDonalds you can do my lawn and wash my Mercedes.Posted by Kapa18 on Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:48 AM Interesting.........

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55 F-100 01/20/10 - 09:41 am
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This is just the first of

This is just the first of many of the Prezbhojangles' supporters ouster via the 2010 elections. This is uplifting, and I can't wait for 2012 so we can see Prezbhojangles and family moving out of the White House!

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 09:43 am
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Now maybe we can begin the

Now maybe we can begin the debate on real reform. Get these ludicrous agendas off the table. Tackle the employment and economy and forget amnesty and global (non) warming.

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