Mass. U.S. Senate showdown: Brown vs. Coakley (Live Blogging)

January 20, 2010

Live blogging the Massachusetts US Senate race between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown:

9:30  Scott Brown wins, Martha Coakley loses. Also losing: Wall Street as POTUS, Dems will ramp up attacks. I’m done for tonight.

9:24 Brown has accepted concession call from Coakley (per Fox)

9:22 AP calls is for Brown

9:20 Boston Globe says Coakley calls Brown to concede

9: 18 70 percent of vote in, Brown +7

9:13 All eyes on Boston returns where Coakley seems to be strengthening

9:09 If margin of Brown lead holds up, I can’t see him not being seated ASAP

9:04 60 percent in in, Brown +7

9:02 Coakley get not getting the Boston vote she needs.

9:00 I have yet to hear from or talk to a single political analyst at this point who thinks the race is still in doubt. Brown +5 with 52 percent in.

8:58 45 percent in Brown +5

8:47 Wasserman at Cook Report: Cook Report does NOT officially call races, but if I were working for a network I would have enough #s to project: Brown Wins

8:42 Brown +7 with 21 percent percent in.

8:35 Dave Wasserman of Cook Report: Brown needed 59% in Danvers, he got 63%. Brown consistently overperforming our model by 3-4 % pts

8:32 With 11 percent in, 53-46 Brown

8:26 Brown seems to be overperforming in key counties

8:23 With 4 percent in, 52-47 Brown

8:10 Preliminary election day poll from Rasmussen:

  • Among those who decided how they would vote in the past few days, Coakley has a slight edge, 47% to 41%.
  • Coakley also has a big advantage among those who made up their mind more than a month ago.
  • Seventy-six percent (76%) of voters for Brown said they were voting for him rather than against Coakley.
  • Sixty-six percent (66%) of Coakley voters said they were voting for her rather than against Brown.
  • 22% of Democrats voted for Brown. That is generally consistent with pre-election polling.

8:07 Politico: Sr. Dem on Boston ‘High turnout in more conservative wards. Not high enough in Af-Am, Latino and more progressive wards.’

8:03 Brown source: Cautiously confident

7:51 Dem meme for the night is that Coakley was a lousy candidate in a bad environment; any other major Mass. Dem would have won by double-digits

7:44 TheHyperFix: From a Dem operative in Mass. : “Boston turnout numbers not good for Coakley.”

7: 40 On MSNBC: Pat Buchanan  says Brown victory means GOPers should run as populist, Tea Party in 2010

7:34 Pundit Review: Very upbeat atmosphere here at Brown HQ.

7:30 Chris Matthews: Could be a “sad night, a tragic night” for those who want healthcare.

7:20 Polls in MA close in 40 minutes

7:17 WSJ poll finds only 35 percent approval of Obama agenda, though his personal approval ratings are above 50 percent.

7:09 Intrade betting market puts Brown at 80 percent and steady. Waiting for hard numbers.

7:02 MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says Brown election would be “deliberate, pre-meditated” murder of healthcare reform


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I can’t believe that Massachusetts voters would do something so unbelievably crazy as voting for a Republican to protect their rights. Do they honestly believe that what is best for them now is someone that supports an obviously flawed agenda; neoliberalism – the rich grow richer the poor poorer and bye, bye middle class. If the late Senator Kennedy and his brothers could see this now – what a shame.

Posted by Albert Binder | Report as abusive

Most people in the world work hard to better their situation whether it be for wealth, health, pleasure or charity. This is the reason why the world has come to the United States of America. Communism did not work. Socialism does not work as it puts
the government in power of distribution. I think Americans, both democrats and republicans would agree that the United States of America still has the best system and want to protect its system. The result of today’s vote is a reflection of the will of common Americans. Both politicians and American voters need to respect and reflect the result of the people’s will.

Posted by Dan K | Report as abusive

“the rich grow richer the poor poorer and bye, bye middle class.”

That’s the way the socialized minded want it for everyone to depend on the State as if it were their “Daddy”.

Too many unconstitutional agendas have been passed as legitimate by the leftists mainly for many, many decades.

It’s time for the U.S. people to be the boss once again.

Posted by Lawrence Muller | Report as abusive

Certainly a wakeup call to Democrats if Brown should win.
The people need to be listened to, and do not want Progressive
Socialists shoving this nanny state agenda down our throats.
America is still the Home of the Free and we will not have it any other way period.

Posted by D Gray Nash | Report as abusive

GO BROWN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Connor Wingfield | Report as abusive

wall street has everything else ,why be so suprised when they run our health care system for profit,profit ,and more profit. they are the scum of the earth , whats left of it.

Posted by bernard walli | Report as abusive

Even though it appears the election is going against the current administration, they still don’t seem to be listening to the people. What happened to ‘Of the people, by the people and for the people’? Ms. Pelosi says it doesn’t matter how this election turns out, she is still going to get health care rammed thru. It may be poetic justice that the folks in the land of the original tea party slow the descent into God knows what. I’d like to see health care reform, but not the Pelosi/Reid/Obama variety. God Bless America.

Posted by Cindy Johnson | Report as abusive

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. A victory for the people, for democracy, for freedom. I don’t live the USA but I despair at what has been happening there.

When I hear Americans talk about their country I am often amazed that they can’t see how f*cked up it is becoming. I can assure you that the view everywhere else in the world is that the US is finished as an economic and political power – worthless as an ally and toothless as an ememy. Blithely hurtling towards a sovereign debt crisis.

This may be the first of many steps necessary to turn that around.

Posted by Simon | Report as abusive

AH, the return of the angry white man. I live in a system set up to serve me, yet I can blame my ‘lot in life’ on perceived political setbacks.

Posted by Mike | Report as abusive

What are they thinking in MA? I thought this was a progressive state. A Cosmo model?
This is as bad as voting for Palin. What’s with the campaigners for Brown, not only holding a sign for their Republican candidate, but an American flag as well. Do they have to prove that he is an American? Very sad indeed if they vote this ex-model in to replace Kennedy. What a mistake for MA. It is very disappointing.

Posted by Joni K. | Report as abusive

Congratulations to Scott Brown. We have been hanging on every vote in Milwaukee, WI

Posted by Nancy Anne Sachs DDS | Report as abusive

J.P.’s last post is astute. The first (Wall St.) casualty of this will be Bernanke. He’s toast now. The Dem’s only viable option to salvage 2010 is to crack down on the Banksters. This assumes anyone in Congress has the courage to bite the hands that have been feeding them. Dems are now between a rock and a hard place. Geithner will follow Bernanke out the door.
The question is whether Obama thinks he can get away with installing new stealth Wall St. puppets, or whether he really opts for “Change” this time. A failure to do so, will be disastrous for the Dems for many years, as the new, youngish Dem base will have completely lost faith.

Posted by Charles Cyrus | Report as abusive

From Chicago, congrats to Scott Brown and the people of Massachusetts on bringing the seat held for the last 50 years back to the party of Henry Cabot Lodge, who held it before the Kennedys. Now it’s our job this November to bring the seat recently held by Barack Obama back to the party of Abraham Lincoln.

Posted by Ken Howes | Report as abusive

Pelosi and Reid tried to use Ted Kennedy. Ted wanted Health care for every one, but not the way the democrats were applying it. Mass. has told Obama what our great country is about.It isn`t over yet untill Pelosi, Reid, and all the bribed congress are removed also.If the whole U.S. congress does not begin to work together for us soon,we will have to fire a lot of them on both sides.

Posted by gaetano | Report as abusive