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