UPDATE: AP and FOX call it for Brown, Coakley concedes, and the Massachusetts Miracle is complete!
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Update 14 (11:00PM by Ross): Mitt introduces Brown for his victory speech and receives a curtain call to chants of “Mitt Mitt Mitt”. The Massachusetts Miracle is complete and now we just need to put the pressure on to get him seated.
Update 13 (9:32PM by Nate): COAKLEY CONCEDES, THIS RACE IS OVER!!
Fox and AP call it for Brown. Current tally: 52-47 for Brown. 87% of precincts reporting.
Update 12 (9:12PM by Ross): Mitt on Hannity embodies the feeling of all of us by saying “This is monumental. This is epic!”
Update 11 (8:55PM by Nate): 53% for Brown, 46 for Coakley - 40% of precincts reporting
Update 10 (8:25PM by Nate): POLLS CLOSED 20 MINUTES AGO. First results: 52% for Brown, 47 for Coakley - 4% of precincts reporting
Update 9 (8:15PM by Ross): From rasmussenreports: Among those who decided how they would vote in the past few days, Coakley has a slight edge, 47% to 41%. 22% of Democrats voted for Brown. That is generally consistent with pre-election polling.
- High School conducts exit polls. Results: Brown 57% Boakley 42%
- The Hill: Gibbs: Obama ‘not pleased’ by closeness of Mass. election
- U.S. News: Scott Brown Fueled by Independents’ Anger at Liberal Arrogance
- CBS News: Scott Brown Win a Health Care “Stop Sign?”
Update 7 (4:31PM by Nate): HOW DID WE FORGET THE SCOTT BROWN VOTER BOMB?
Update 6 (4:30PM by Nate): More Brown/Coakley headlines:
- Politico: Coakley Adviser already pointing the finger at DC Dems
- Interesting: Case Study in New York Times Bias, Coakley/Brown Edition
- Video: Mark Williams of the Tea Party Express discusses their mobilization of volunteers nation-wide to GOTV for Scott Brown
Update 5 (3:55PM by Nate): Good Scott Brown election reads:
- Chris Cillizza handicaps the race: What to Watch for in th Massachusetts special election
- WSJ: Why There Won’t Be Exit Polls in Massachusetts
- Examiner.com: Scott Brown race excites volunteers from Washington
- RCP video: Coakley’s Office Throws Out Reporter They had a right to, but still it is interesting.
Update 4 (3:25PM by Aaronius): Mitt Romney to provide Massachusetts special election coverage on Sean Hannity tonight at 9PM EST - Tune in!
Also, Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior advisor to both Scott Brown and Mitt Romney, gives us some juicy insight regarding the dynamics of this special race over at National Review Online.
Update 3 (2:15PM by Nate): Scott Brown vs Martha Coakley Exit Polls Intrade update: Brown 83.5; Coakley 20.0 (Intrade is an online prediction “stock” market. Tends to be very accurate since people are actually betting real money.)
Also, “Why is this woman handing out absentee ballots?”
Update 2 (2:00PM by Nate): Exit Polls
- Boston Globe mistakenly calls the elections for Coakley.
- Politico reports that there may not be many exit polls because this basically wasn’t race until 2 weeks ago. It did not give polling organizations enough time to prepare.
- #MASEN, Scott Brown, Martha Coakley, Massachusetts, are all in the top ten trending topics on twitter, in that order. #MASEN stands for MA Senate.
Update 1 (11:30 AM by Aaronius): Morning Joe Video: Romney (this morning) on Massachusetts Race
Analysis on Election Morning
Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007; candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008
Scott Brown is a strong candidate who ran a good campaign. As recently proved in New Jersey and Virginia, good candidates win. But Brown’s victory was more than a rejection of the liberal Obama agenda.
Brown won in Massachusetts, the bluest of blue states, an accomplishment that could not have been possible absent extraordinary voter passion about the issues, in particular Obamacare, the economy, terrorism and federal spending.
Massachusetts health care is not perfect, but 98 percent of our residents are insured — a feat that, unlike Obamacare, came with no new taxes, no Medicare cuts, no “public option” and no trillion-dollar price tag. It’s little wonder that Massachusetts voters gave a thumbs-down to a federal health-care takeover. In electing Brown, they also repudiated the president’s policies of ineffective stimulus borrowing and treating an enemy combatant to the legal defense rights normally reserved for citizens.
This victory was a repudiation of the arrogance of Washington’s aspiring neo-monarchists who believe that government is wiser than the people of America.