The Vote Heard Across The Country
January 20, 2010
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(Note: this will be the first of several posts today on the Massachusetts Senate election and its ramifications for health care and 2010)
Yesterday, voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts went to the polls amid rain, snow, and other forms of bad winter weather to cast their vote for the person who would succeed Ted Kennedy in the United States Senate. For the last ten days, most polls had showed the race between Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley and Republican State Senator Scott Brown to be a statistical dead heat. This is significant because two months ago Coakley was up by 30.
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After the votes were counted, in what seemed record time (two hours with no exit polls), Scott Brown was declared the winner by an incredible margin. Brown won 52% of 2.2 million votes cast, besting Coakley by over 100,000 votes. Her 39 point margin in Boston was not enough to overcome Brown in the northern, southern, and central parts of the state.
As the AP puts it, “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.”
So now, Senator-elect Scott Brown heads to Washington, DC in his truck to become the 41st vote against the current health care bill. This completely throws a wrench in the Democrats’ plan to push through their health care reform before the President Obama’s State of the Union, which has now been set for January 27th.
Democrats have one week to determine what they are going to do. In the meantime, I guess we have learned the answer to that UPS question – what can Brown do for you?
Scott Brown will next be up for reelection in 2012. Rep. Ed Markey, are you up for the challenge?