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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Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 09:44 am
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Really looking forward to his

Really looking forward to his concession speech.........

workedforit
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workedforit 01/20/10 - 09:44 am
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Finally, change I can
Unpublished

Finally, change I can appreciate. I bet the entitlement crowd is starting to squirm now. This socialist experiment is drawing to a close and will not be forgotten for generations. I will still be working into the month of May for nothing to cover taxes and hoping it will not get any worse.

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justthefacts 01/20/10 - 09:46 am
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dstwartsr, with all due

dstwartsr, with all due respect, I don't think you could be more wrong. I suspect that there are many Dem Congressmen who are secretly relieved at yesterday's result. Sen. Webb has already said stop the bill and start over. This is a bad bill and they know it. It passed the House by two votes and only passed the Senate after several despicable bribes were made. Then, at the last minute, the Unions had to be bought off. This election means much more than you seem to realize.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/20/10 - 09:48 am
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obx, what part of the Banks

obx, what part of the Banks do you call home?

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 09:56 am
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I'LL bet ole Arlen Spenctre

I'LL bet ole Arlen Spenctre is puckering !

TheDeerhunter
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TheDeerhunter 01/20/10 - 09:57 am
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The conservatives are having

The conservatives are having multiple orgasms this morning. I'm happy for u guys. I knew our party wouldn't last too long.

obx2019
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obx2019 01/20/10 - 09:59 am
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Just a second home right now,

Just a second home right now, but my house is in Kill Devil Hills. Technically not the OBX but most don't know. I used to be partners with a fraternity brother in a house on Salvo. I sold out to he and his wife and found my current house in KDH about 15 years ago. I am here now, took the week off. Looks like rain is coming in tomorrow.

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 10:01 am
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No Deer we're just breathing

No Deer we're just breathing a sigh of relief and happy to realize the people of America have awoke to the tryanny trying to be forced on us.....

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/20/10 - 10:20 am
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obx, been vacationing there

obx, been vacationing there for yrs. From Corolla down to Duck. Beautiful place. Hope it doesn't rain on you today.

Unhappy with Obama
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Unhappy with Obama 01/20/10 - 10:23 am
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This vote is a big answer to

This vote is a big answer to a lot of prayers. Finally the balance to power has been turned a little back to the people. I am so excited with the election on Sen Brown, thanks to the people of Ma. that voted to move this country forward.

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ron_rlw 01/20/10 - 10:26 am
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Do you think the John Barrow

Do you think the John Barrow and other democrats will get the message?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/20/10 - 10:40 am
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I thought it was right wing

I thought it was right wing talk shows that were all about hate. Ole Kiethy boy is one unhappy camper isn't he?

obx2019
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obx2019 01/20/10 - 10:43 am
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Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC

Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC loudmouth whose ratings are tanking faster than a bowling ball in a barrel of shaving cream. Understand his only career background was as a failed Sportscaster. The way he seems to chew his tongue when he gets wound up really needs to be checked by a neurologist. Olberman is jockeying for the positing of Chief of Propaganda for the Destroy America Democrats.

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corgimom 01/20/10 - 11:42 am
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""In Scott Brown we have an

""In Scott Brown we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, tea-bagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees". And that's his GOOD points."

corgimom
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corgimom 01/20/10 - 11:44 am
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Thank God the so-called

Thank God the so-called "Kennedy dynasty" is OVER.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 01/20/10 - 12:42 pm
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Let's get real, the only

Let's get real, the only agenda the GOP has is to try to stop President Obama. They are a minority in all areas of government. They don't have an agenda to make improvements in our American society.They can't pass nothing. They don't have a president who will sign it.And the only ones who poll lower than congress, is the Republicans in congress. Yeah, pop the champagne, I feel like celebrating.

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KSL 01/20/10 - 12:51 pm
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obx2019
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obx2019 01/20/10 - 12:53 pm
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You should feel like

You should feel like celebrating RCR, the winds of "change" are blowing. Also to correct you yet again, You should have stated that "They can't pass ANYTHING...not nothing" Just trying to help you out...;-)

GAterp
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GAterp 01/20/10 - 12:57 pm
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I'm so darn excited, I might

I'm so darn excited, I might even take an afternoon nap.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 01/20/10 - 01:05 pm
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Like I said in R&R, now what?

Like I said in R&R, now what? Tell us all of these big plans you have to create jobs. Don't leave out your version of Healthcare Reform.What are y'all(Republicans) really going to do?

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jewel 01/20/10 - 02:30 pm
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The devil is a liar.

The devil is a liar.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/20/10 - 03:12 pm
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I wouldn't plan the 2012

I wouldn't plan the 2012 victory party just yet. I'm hesitant to say that a Senate win in MA is a vote against Obama; it could just be a vote against the Kennedy machine. Massachusetts is not the rest of the US- anyone that could ever vote for "Murderin" Ted" is many bricks short of a load.

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fiscallyresponsible 01/20/10 - 03:33 pm
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RCR I'll give you the

RCR I'll give you the conservatives plan to create jobs. I own my own business. Maybe, just maybe, if I knew my taxes weren't doomed to go up, I might hire someone. Multiply me time half a million other small business owners and voila - 500,000 jobs created. The dems have us all cowering in the corner in anticipation of rising taxes - add ballooning deficits, healthcare changes (more taxes for small biz) and looming inflation - and you get true job killers. I am a small business owner. I know how we feel and right now, we are afraid to hire. Sorry, its the truth.

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convertedsoutherner 01/20/10 - 03:38 pm
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Look at Ohio and their dim

Look at Ohio and their dim polling lower than conservatives. Look at other northern states dims that are polling lower than conservatives. We are seeing 'change we can believe in'.

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MarshCroaked 01/20/10 - 03:47 pm
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Nevada hasn't even had the

Nevada hasn't even had the GOP primary yet, and BOTH candidates lead Dingy Harry by double digits. To quote Flounder from Animal House "Oh boy is this gonna be great!"

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 04:35 pm
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poor ole RCR. his jowls are

poor ole RCR. his jowls are lower than a snakes belly right now. The rights plans aren't to oppose the Big "O". Just his maniacal plans to destroy this country. Nothing he has done or proposed has worked and his plan is to do more of the same. The definition of insanity is to do the same dumb thing over and over and expect different results. Kind of like expecting intelligent conversation from you .....

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 04:39 pm
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Corgi, wake up and smell the

Corgi, wake up and smell the roses hon. This was a referendum on the lefts agenda. Not just one democrat but several this morning were doing the back stroke on their support of the health care bill. Several have already requested just to shuck this bill and start over. The change is not what they were promised and the hope is fading. Mr. Charisma has lost his charm and is being seen for the Charletan he is ...Empty suit and all.....

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MarshCroaked 01/20/10 - 04:45 pm
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The reality is, he has served

The reality is, he has served his purpose. The Clinton machine is tired of him and have kicked him to the curb. He is no longer of any use to them without the charm factor that got him elected. Obviously nobody (foreign or domestic) is taking him seriously. Back to where he came from, empty suit from the ghetto. It will be fun to watch this.

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fiscallyresponsible 01/20/10 - 04:50 pm
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Just be careful everyone.

Just be careful everyone. It's a long time until Nov 2010. Yes, the dems are running very scared right now but they have lots of time to plan and plan they will. Lets keep the momentum going!

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 01/20/10 - 05:00 pm
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Stay concerned, stay focused,

Stay concerned, stay focused, be informed and pay attention... We now know that the southern conservatives aren't the only ones that realize prezbho and his klan have been leading the country in the wrong direction.

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